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Services for people with disability

Relationships Australia Canberra & Region offer innovative and individualised services for people of all ages and all abilities.
We work closely with people with disability, families, and their carers to help  strengthen relationships. Services available include:
  • personal counselling
  • couples counselling
  • family counselling
  • mediation between family members
  • children's services
  • education and referral to other support services

Referral to the services in Canberra, Wagga Wagga or surrounding regional areas can be through a service provider or by self-referral.

Our services - the ACT NDIS pilot

Relationships Australia is a registered provider of counselling services (therapeutic and behavioural supports) with the National Disability Insurance Scheme. We have highly skilled and qualified staff who offer counselling and psychological intervention services to individuals, couples and families.  All staff are members of their professional associations.

Our staff will work with you to assist you to reach your agreed goals.

Contact us to make an appointment or find out more on 1300 364 277.

What is the NDIS?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (the NDIS) is a radical new way of funding disability services and supports in Australia.

For those who are registered with NDIS your individual support plans provide you with full choice and control over the support you receive.

The NDIS reforms will see the disability sector:

  • Moving away from eight separate State/Territory funding schemes to one uniform, national scheme
  • Changing from block funding of disability service provider organisations by governments, to individualised funding for people with disabilities based on individual needs assessments
  • Ditching Australia’s old welfare and charity model of disability funding, replacing it with a legislatively guaranteed “insurance” model whereby all Australians who meet the eligibility criteria are  legally entitled to NDIS funding for all ‘necessary and reasonable’ supports.

By allocating funding for disability services and supports to people with disabilities themselves rather than to service provider organisations, and by introducing individualised funding packages, the NDIS aims to ensure that Australians with disability – and their families, where relevant – enjoy far greater choice and control over all necessary services and supports.

The NDIS is being rolled out across a number of trial sites.

The NDIS launched in July 2013 in four ‘trial site’ locations: the Hunter region of NSW and the Barwon region of Victoria, across SA for children with disabilities aged 0-5 and in Tasmania for people aged 15-24.

In July 2014, the scheme launched in the ACT, NT and parts of WA.

Currently, full national rollout of the scheme is due to be completed by 2018-19.

The NDIS will operate within a range of eligibility criteria.

Eligibility for individual support packages depends on:

Age: you have to be aged between 0-65 years old (although already enrolled participants, once they turn 65, can choose either to continue with the NDIS or transfer to the aged care support system available to all Australians over that age).

Disability requirement: you will be assessed based on the impact of your disability on functional capacity to communicate, interact socially, learn, move safely around your home and the built environment and manage your personal care and affairs (banking, bill paying etc).

Early intervention requirement: early intervention supports will be available to achieve a benefit that would help mitigate the effects of an impairment, to alleviate or prevent the deterioration of functional capacity, or strengthen informal supports.

For more information about the NDIS and the ACT pilot click here.

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