National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of providing support to Australians with a permanent and significant disability.
This includes interpreting services for Deaf and hard of hearing people who use sign language to communicate.
You may be able to get a NDIS plan if you are
Under 65 years old
Have Australian residency (Australian citizen or a permanent resident)
To find out if you can get NDIS plan, visit the Am I eligible checklist (NDIS website).
If you are over 65 years and do not have a NDIS plan, NABS is free for GP, specialists and specified health consultations.
From 1 April 2021, if you are under 65 years and not eligible for NDIS, NABS is not free.
Interpreting can be provided at a cost.
If you have a NDIS plan that includes interpreting hours, you can book an interpreter with NABS for your healthcare appointments plus other appointments e.g. work, hobbies, financial advice etc.
If you are over 65 yearsand do not have a NDIS plan, NABS is free for GP, specialists and specified health consultations.
NABS has created helpful information sheets about NDIS, go to www.nabs.org.au/ndis-information-sheets
Do you live in Queensland and need help to join the NDIS?
The Assessment and Referral Team (ART) is available to help you apply for NDIS.
Where? Townsville, Cairns, Mackay, Mount Isa, Beenleigh and Ipswich. Brisbane and Gold Coast coming soon.
For more information, click here
Make sure you ask for an Auslan interpreter before you meet with them.
You can contact NABS If you have specific questions about NABS and NDIS.
Phone: 1800 246 945
TTY: 1800 246 948
SMS: 0427 671 261
Skype/Facetime (chat in Auslan with a Deaf staff member - please contact above to arrange appointment)
930 Gympie Road,
Phone: 1800 24 69 45