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The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of providing support for Australians with disability, their families and carers.
You can read more about the NDIS here.
The NDIS can pay for supports that are reasonable and necessary.
This means they are related to a person’s disability and are required for them to live an ordinary life and achieve their goals.
To access NDIS funding, there is criteria you must meet.
The NDIS can be contacted by telephone on 1800 800 110 or the website is available here.
To apply for NDIS support you must be under 65 years of age and live in Australia, in an area where the NDIS is available.
The NDIS provides support for those with "permanent and lifelong disability" impacting significantly on your ability to participate in every day activities.
You can read more about eligibility here.
Accessing the NDIS
To apply for NDIS funding, the first step is to call the NDIA on 1800 800 110. You can also have someone else call on your behalf.
The NDIS staff will ask you some questions and will support you in applying for access to the NDIS.
Once you have applied for access, you will need to provide evidence of disability and support needs.
The NDIS website has more information on access requirements here.
Preparing for your planning meeting
Planning workbooks and information:
- Getting Plan Ready, at Carers Australia; read it here.
- Create your NDIS Plan, at Every Australian Counts; read it here.
NDIS Assessment Tools
NDIS can use a variety of tools to assess support needs. An NDIA factsheet 'Planning and Assessment- Assessments of Participant's Needs' can be viewed here.
Two commonly used assessment tools NDIS staff may use during planning include for children-
- the PEDICAT (Paediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory Computer Adaptive Test) information available here; and the
- WHODAS (WHO Disability Assessment Schedule) information available here.
Support with navigating NDIS
*NDIA staff are available to support those in various stages of accessing the NDIS. The NDIS can be contacted by telephone on1800 800 110 or the website is available here.
*BAASS has a Facebook NDIS group for sharing information and experiences, services, asking questions and providing peer support. Eligible people can join here.
*NDIS Grassroots Discussion Facebook Group can be a great place to share experiences, ask questions and seek support. You can find this group here.
*BAASS advocates can also assist you in navigating NDIS
*Intereach staff and Local Area Coordinators can assist you with NDIS queries. The Loddon area Intereach webpage can be viewed here.
*Aftercare staff can assist with NDIS plans and reviews and also provide individual, carer, family and group supports. Aftercare can also assist with employment and accommodation.
The Aftercare website is available here.
The NDIS contact is Belinda Pearson, 0428 727 136 and email firstname.lastname@example.org
*RIAC staff are available to assist those needing support with NDIS processes. You can access the RIAC website here.
Finding an NDIS service provider
There are numerous options around finding support through an NDIS provider.
How you are managing your plan (self managing, Financial Intermediary and so on) depends on what services you may want to find and engage.
You can search for Registered providers in your portal and there are some other search options below.
Some great options for locating relevant providers can be found below.
•NDIS Registered Provider Search can be found here.
•Search the CoAbility Registered NDIS Provider Search here.
•Search the My Care Space Directory here.
Local service providers.
You can view a range of service providers below- we are constantly adding to our website and always welcome feedback and to hear of other providers we can list! Please get in touch if you have any queries, comments or additions!