Support is available to young people with a disability who are leaving school to take up further education, vocational training or employment.
The transition from school to adult life presents young people with a wide range of options including:
- Pursuing further education
- Vocational training
- Volunteering and/or other community-based activities.
For many young people about to leave school, these options can also present challenges such as:
- Understanding what is involved with each option
- Thinking about what the options might mean for the future
- Finding out how to access the option.
National Disability Insurance Scheme for eligible students completing school in 2018
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a national program that is providing a new way of delivering services and support to people with permanent and significant disability in Australia.
The NDIS is available to people who have a permanent impairment or condition and meet the following requirements:
- You are an Australian citizen, or a permanent resident or hold a Protected Special Category Visa
- You are under 65 years of age
- You need support from a person or equipment to do everyday activities.
If you are a person with disability who wishes to participate in the NDIS, you must first be assessed against the access requirements of the NDIS. Visit the NDIS Access checklist on the NDIS website.
You can apply to enter the NDIS six months prior to the scheme rolling out in your area.
If you require post-school supports and are eligible for NDIS, the National Disability Insurance Agency will be responsible for planning with you and approving reasonable and necessary supports.
The NDIS can fund a range of post-school supports to assist young people with disabilities to move into employment or other options.