The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides funding for support and services to eligible Australians with a disability.
How to find out if you are eligible
To be eligible for NDIS funding, the applicant must:
- Be an Australian resident
- Be aged between 7 and 65
- Have a permanent and significant disability that causes them to require support.
Here is the NDIS eligibility checklist.
How to apply for NDIS funding
If you meet the criteria and would like to apply, you need to make an ‘Access Request’.
You can make your access request by:
1. Calling 1800 800 110 and asking to make an Access Request Complete
3. If you need help filling in the access request form or making the call, you can contact your local LAC or NDIA office.
What you will need for the Access Request
You will be asked:
- To confirm your identity (and/or any person’s authority to act on your behalf)
- Questions about your age, residence and disability to confirm you meet the criteria
- Information about any current disability support you may receive and for your consent to contact your provider to confirm the details
After your Access Request, you may be asked to provide additional information, including information about your disability and how it impacts your day-to-day life.
- email copies of any relevant evidence to NAT@ndis.gov.au,
- post them to GPO Box 700, Canberra ACT 2601, or
- drop them at your local NDIA office.
What happens next?
After your Access Request has been made and any supporting evidence submitted, the NDIA will consider your claim.
If your application is approved, you will be contacted by the NDIA (National Disability Insurance Agency) or your Local Area Coordinator to arrange a planning meeting where your needs and goals will be assessed in closer detail.
What to bring to the planning meeting
It can often be helpful to bring someone (parent, partner, guardian, helper) to support you emotionally and help fill in any information gaps.
You’ll need to write down the following information:
- Your personal details
- Details of your current support (from formal disability support to informal support, i.e. friends and family)
- Your current living arrangements
- Your short-term and long-term goals
- Your preference for managing your funding, i.e. self-managed, with a plan manager or if you’d prefer the NDIA did it
You should also bring supporting documents such as specialist reports on your disability, evidence of age and residency (passport/ birth certificate), and the bank account to be used for your NDIS funds.
What will happen at the meeting
The planner will ask plenty of questions to establish your needs and goals, and then based on this, a plan will be made to achieve them for you.
Don’t worry if you are unsure about your future goals; the first plan will deal with your immediate priorities, and longer-term goals can be worked on as you go. Review dates will be agreed upon (mostly after 12 months, but sometimes sooner).
What happens after the meeting?
Once your planner has all the information they need from the NDIS participants and carers, a plan of support will be written for you and then sent to the NDIA for approval.
Once approved, you will receive a copy of your plan in the post along with an activation code to link your myGov account to the NDIS portal. An NDIA representative will be in touch within seven days to discuss how to put your plan into action.
What services does NDIS funding cover?
What your funding covers will depend on your particular needs and goals, but the following are examples of support provided by the scheme:
- Assistance with household tasks
- Mobility equipment
- Home and vehicle modification
- Transport to community, social and daily activities
- Workplace funding to help you find a keep a job
How much money do you get on NDIS?
The level of support needed dictates the size of the participant's funding.
For any further advice for NDIS participants on funding, the NDIS eligibility criteria or the access request process, there is lots of information on the NDIS website.
Or, if you have any questions you'd like to ask us, request a callback, and we'll be in touch at a time that suits you.