As far as possible, we have to act according to principles set out in the law for the NDIS . These are the things that guide us when we make decisions about what we fund.
These principles don’t override or replace the NDIS funding criteria under the law for the NDIS. They can help us apply the funding criteria, by giving us additional guidance when we decide what supports to approve in your plan.
The principles include the following:
- You have the same right as other Australians to realise your potential for physical, social, emotional and intellectual development.
- You should be supported to take part in and contribute to social and economic life.
- You should be supported to make choices about planning and how your supports will be delivered. This includes taking reasonable risks, so that you can pursue your goals.
- You have the same right as other Australians to decide your own best interests. You have the right to be an equal partner in decisions that affect your life.
- Your privacy and dignity should be respected.
- We must make sure the NDIS is financially sustainable.
The principles also tell us that the reasonable and necessary supports we fund should:
- support you to pursue your goals and maximise your independence
- support you to live independently and to be included in the community as a fully participating citizen
- develop and support your capacity to do things that help you participate in the community and in employment.
Just because a support helps you do these things doesn’t mean we’ll fund it in your plan. All supports we fund need to meet all the NDIS funding criteria.
We consider these principles set out in the law for the NDIS, along with the principles we follow to create your plan.