Accessing the NDIS


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Accessing the NDIS

Who is eligible to access the NDIS?

You could be eligible if you are an Australian citizen, living in Australia, and:

  • Have a permanent disability that significantly affects your ability to take part in everyday activities; and
  • Are aged less than 65 when you first access the scheme

The NDIS website has an Access Checklist and will tell you in a few minutes if you are likely to be eligible. It checks information about you and any supports you may need to live your life. It is an easy needs-based assessment, rather than ruling in or out a specific type of disability.


How do I begin?

If you believe you are eligible for funding under the NDIS, the first step is to get in touch with the NDIA on 1800 800 110. They’ll help you to arrange a planning meeting. You should go into your planning meeting prepared. Diagnostic reports, recent assessments and recommendations from existing service providers are all useful. It’s also a good idea to have thought out a list of goals and measurable outcomes. What are your long term goals, and what are the short term steps that will help you get there? You are also not obliged to accept a plan that you are not happy with. If you feel that the plan you are offered is insufficient to cover the cost of reasonable and necessary support, discuss this with your planner.

What support does the NDIS provide?

The NDIS funds supports that are directly related to your disability. They must represent value for the money, be likely to result in meaningful improvements in your child’s health and independence, and take into account other informal supports that are already provided from other family members and community organisations. For example, the NDIS is likely to fund evidence-based interventions that will help with learning to communicate effectively, completing daily self-care activities with independence, and participating in community-based recreational activities, but not day-to-day living costs, such as the cost of food or electricity, or supports that overlap with those provided by school.

Is there help available?

There are people who can help you navigate the NDIS, from helping you put together your access request form to helping you decide where and how to spend your funding. A Support Coordinator may be able to help you during and after the planning process, if you are unsure of what to do. Your NDIS plan may even fund the cost of an independent Support Coordinator, who can connect you with providers and help you implement the supports funded in your plan. Support coordination is just one of the services Share Care can help you with.

How long does a plan last?

You will begin receiving NDIS funding once your plan has been approved by the NDIA. Each plan is developed to provide you with 12 months of supports. However if significant changes are required based a change in your situation, a change in health conditions, or you need more time to explore your support options, then the timing of a new plan can be adjusted.

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