Accessing the NDIS

It's a big change, so the NDIS is being introduced in stages.  In NSW, people that have already been receiving supports are gradually moving to the NDIS.  The NDIA will then pay for services like help at home, community support, help with keeping a job and lots of other things.  And, if plan management is included in your plan, they'll pay for a plan manager to help you manage your NDIS supports and funding allocation so you don't have to do it all on your own.

In the past, most people with a disability have received their supports from organisations that are funded by the NSW government.  The National Disability Insurance Scheme is run by the Federal government and they provide the funding.

When it's time for you to change to NDIS someone from NDIA (National Disability Insurance Agency) will contact you, or your carer.  That person will be an NDIS Planner or a Local Area Coordinatior  and will talk to you about making your first NDIS plan.

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NDIS access checklist for new participants

Some people live with permanent disability and don't receive any supports at the moment.  They can apply to become a participant if they meet the access requirements.

The NDIS have a checklist that might help you work out if you are entitled to become a participant.  You can visit the NDIS website for the full checklist here

Here's a summary of the NDIS access checklist:

  1. Do you live in Australia and are you an Australian citizen, permanent resident or do you hold a protected special category visa?
  2. Are you under 65 years old?
  3. Do you live in an area where NDIS is now available?
  4. Do you have a permanent impairment or condition and usually need support from a person or equipment to do everyday things for yourself, for example:
    ~ understand and be understood by other people?
    ~ make and keep friends and cope with feelings and emotions?
    ~ understand, remember and learn new things?
    ~ get out of bed and move around the home and outside the home?
    ~ take a bath or shower, dress and eat?
    ~ do daily jobs, handle money and make decisions?
  5. Do you have an impairment or condition that is likely to be permanent, or are you a child under 6 years of age with a significant developmental delay? And do you need some ~ supports now to reduce your support needs in the future, for example would early intervention supports:
    ~ reduce the impact of your impairment or condition or developmental delay?
    ~ stop the impact of your impairment or condition from getting worse?
    ~ strengthen your informal supports, such as helping a carer to keep supporting you?

If you answer 'yes' to questions 1, 2, 3 & 4 or 'yes' to questions 1, 2, 3 & 5 you can visit the NDIS website and find out more about the access requirements here.  Or you can call the NDIA on 1800 800 110 and speak to someone.  They'll be able to answer your questions and send you an access request form.

If you answer 'no' to any of the questions, and the NDIS is currently available in your area you may be able to access other supports.

The NDIA can refer you to mainstream and community services that are suited to meeting your needs.  Local Area Coordinators can also help by:

  1. working with you, your family and carers in the community to help you build community connections
  2. helping you work the best way you can with the NDIA
  3. helping you find and access supports, and
  4. providing feedback on any barriers or issues you face with receiving services and supports so that the scheme can be strengthened and improved.

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Useful Links to
NDIS Fact Sheets

Accessing the NDIS
Easy English - Joining the NDIS
Easy English - Accessing supports for my child