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Glossary of terms

Glossary of terms

a participant's plan that includes the participant's statement of goals and aspirations and the supports required by the participant to attain their goals— informal, mainstream and NDIA-funded as approved by the CEO

someone who provides personal care, support and assistance to a person with disability and who is not contracted as a paid or voluntary worker

a mechanism of deliberative democracy that draws on some processes of a legal trial-by-jury and encourages people who do not usually have a voice to have a say on important issues

funds included for reasonable and necessary supports for participants in approved plans

activities and services such as social, study, sporting or other interests, available from local non-government groups and government entities

sociological categories in a demographic. Those of particular relevance to the NDIS in the Australian community include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, women, and people from non-English speaking backgrounds

a price determined by the Agency as the maximum amount to be included for certain supports in a participant's plan. This price is built up from the cost of wages, on-costs and organisational overheads and includes a margin for profit or re-investment

the mechanism by which the Agency recognises that some people with disability who are participating in existing state and Commonwealth disability programs with eligibility criteria matching that of the NDIS therefore qualify for support under the NDIS

the evidentiary base for decision making by NDIA personnel, including whether a person meets the access criteria for funding for reasonable and necessary supports, as well as the factual information compiled by the Agency from its experience in trial sites, data collection and independent research

see reasonable and necessary supports

the Agency funding envelope refers to the monies contributed by state and Commonwealth governments for the operational and participant costs of the NDIS

sharing the costs of disability services and supports across the community

placing emphasis on making up-front investments that reduce participants' calls on the Scheme into the future, including investments in measuring lifetime costs, research and innovation, and community capability development

operational plans set out the key deliverables agreed between the Agency, state and territory governments and the Commonwealth Government to support the rollout of the full NDIS. Operational plans have been developed in partnership between the parties and serve as the overarching roadmap for transitioning to the NDIS as best achieved in each jurisdiction

either personally living with disability or having a close relationship with a person with disability (for example, a family member or partner)

government systems providing services to the Australian population, for example, health, mental health, education, justice, housing, child protection and employment services

lives that include positive relationships, a sense of belonging, autonomy, active involvement in decision-making, and opportunities for challenge and contribution

the cost to the NDIS of providing funding and support to an individual participant

a person who is assessed as meeting the NDIS participation criteria under the Act

a way of measuring the aggregation of whether or not participants' goals are achieved combined with whether the Agency is meeting its objectives

an approved plan consisting of a participant's statement of goals and aspirations and the reasonable and necessary supports approved by the CEO

People with disability – a person who experiences any or all of the following: impairments (abnormalities or changes in body function or structure); activity limitations (difficulties in carrying out usual age-appropriate activities); participation restrictions (problems an individual may experience engaging in community, social and family life)

places the person with disability at the centre of decision making in terms of their own care needs

the process by which the Agency helps a participant to plan for the assistance they need from the NDIS to attain their goals

provided to participants to help them identify and record their needs, goals and current supports during the planning process

the term used to describe the disability experience of people with impairments and participation restrictions related to mental health conditions. These impairments and participation restrictions include loss of or reduced ability to function, think clearly, experience full physical health and manage social and emotional aspects of their lives

the supports that are funded under the NDIS Act. The NDIA publishes operational guidelines to assist decisions on what is to be funded as a reasonable and necessary support.

a benchmark amount of support determined according to different characteristics of the population of NDIS participants such as age, health condition and 'severity' of disability. Reference packages will be used to monitor experience against the benchmarks.

a disability support provider that has met the NDIS requirements for qualifications, approvals, experience and capacity for the approved supports and the quality standards of the jurisdiction in which they operate

a grants programme designed to assist the disability sector, including people with disability, their families and providers, to transition to the new arrangements for disability supports under the NDIS

where an intermediary assists with some aspects (often financial) of management of the support, but where the participant and their family make all the decisions about the what, when, where and who delivers the support

where funding and supports are managed by the participant and their family

the measure of people choosing to leave employment in the Agency

persons who have had or currently have a family member with a disability, have cared for or currently care for a person with disability or have three years or more working with or for people with disability

the term used by the Agency to describe the funding available for the supports available to an individual participant

assistance that helps a participant to reach their goals, objectives and aspirations, and to undertake activities to enable their social and economic participation

the NDIA sites at which different operating models for providing services to people with disability are being trialed under the Scheme

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