2.2 Reasonable and necessary support for families (2014)

Reasonable and necessary supports


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This paper gives the NDIA advice about the most effective way to support families who are supporting people with disabilities to live their best possible lives.

In deciding the nature and level of support for people with disability, the NDIS is required to take into account what is reasonable to expect families to provide.  In addition, the NDIS provides a range of assistance to families to reduce the impact of the disability on the way the whole family functions.

What should be expected of a family to do itself?

For people with disabilities to have a good life, they need two things from their family.

  • They need a family that has the capacity to care, and the time and emotional energy to do it without overly disadvantaging others in the family.
  • They need a family guide. This is someone with the vision of how a person with disability can have an ‘ordinary life’ and is willing to break down the barriers to achieving that goal.

What additional supports does a family need to support?

By looking at research and evidence, the IAC found that families could do with practical assistance to share the caring and other responsibilities, as well as support to remove the barriers and build opportunities to help build an ‘ordinary life’ for those they are caring for.

The paper provides a range of practical recommendations for how the NDIS could help achieve this and support the diversity of needs of families entering the scheme, including support to help family members remain in or return to work.

Read the IAC advice on what is meant by reasonable and necessary for families under the NDIS.