NDIS – DISABILITY SERVICES AND SUPPORTS
Please check with your nearest Simply Helping office if they are a registered NDIS service provider.
How can I access the NDIS?
If you already receive disability support services through a Commonwealth, State or Territory programme, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) will contact you as the NDIS becomes available in your area.
To become an NDIS participant and receive supports for the first time, you will need to make an ‘access request’ to the NDIA. This can be done by phoning 1800 800 110, or by contacting your Local Area Coordinator (LAC), or by visiting your local NDIA.
Alternatively, you may prefer to fill out an ‘Access Request Form’ which is also available from your LAC, your local NDIA, or by phoning 1800 800 110.
A family member, friend or support worker may help you when applying for the NDIS. With your permission, they can make the access request to the NDIS on your behalf.
Once you have made an access request, the NDIA will require more information from you so they can assess your eligibility for the NDIS. The information they may need could include evidence of your age and residency, details about your disability and how it impacts you each day, and any reports you may already have from medical specialists or health professionals. You may also seek help from a family member or friend to provide the information on your behalf.
Create an NDIS plan.
You will receive a letter notifying you of your NDIS eligibility. If you are eligible, the NDIS will contact you to arrange a planning meeting. The purpose of the planning meeting is to create an NDIS plan that will help you achieve your goals. Therefore, it’s a good idea to consider your short-term and long-term goals prior to the meeting, so it’s easier to determine which services you will need to help you achieve them.
Your NDIS plan will also outline the funding available for you to pay for supports and services. You will also be asked how you would like to manage your NDIS funding. There are three options; you may wish to self-manage your funds, or you may choose to use a plan manager, or you may opt to have your plan managed by the NDIA (sometimes referred to as agency-managed).