Definitions 2017-05-24T15:25:32+00:00

Shortened forms

You may come across the following abbreviations whilst doing the NDIS.

AT – Assistive technologies
CALD – Culturally and linguistically diverse
CEO – Chief Executive Officer
CFO – Chief Financial Officer
FaHCSIA – Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
LAC – Local Area Coordinator
LCE – Lifetime cost estimator
NDIA – National Disability Insurance Agency
NDIS – National Disability Insurance Scheme
NDS – National Disability Strategy
NGO – Non-Government Organisation
UN – United Nations
WHS – Work health and safety

Definitions (Referenced from the NDIS website Glossary)

Approved plan – 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.

Assistive technology (AT) – the full range of technological solutions that allow people with disability to be more independent, more connected, and provide opportunities for them to realise their potential as active members of their families, schools, workplaces and communities. Beyond the traditional aids and equipment used by people with disability, including home and vehicle modifications, prosthetics and hearing aids, it includes devices used by people without disabilities (for example, smartphones, tablets and apps) that are offering new ways to form connections and increase participation.

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

Early intervention – providing support early in a child’s life or post-onset of disability to reduce the effects of disability and to improve functional capacity.

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

Package costs – the cost to the NDIS of providing funding and support to an individual participant.

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

Participant outcomes – a way of measuring the aggregation of whether or not participants’ goals are achieved combined with whether the Agency is meeting its objectives.

Participant’s plan – 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).

Person-centred approach – places the person with disability at the centre of decision making in terms of their own care needs.

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

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

Reasonable and necessary supports – 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.

Registered service provider – 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.

Self-direction – 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.

Self-management – where funding and supports are managed by the participant and their family.

Support package – the term used by the Agency to describe the funding available for the supports available to an individual participant.

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