To apply for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), you will need to provide information about your disability and the kinds of supports you need. You can get this information from doctors, specialists, allied health workers and disability support services.
The application process is likely to be long and involved. You’ll need to think about what services or budgets to apply for in your NDIS plan.
Part of the process is to contact the NDIS and fill in an Access Request Form.
People with Disability Australia (PWDA) recommends you speak to your doctor about making an application, get all your medical reports together and talk to a disability advocate.
Think about your goals for a good life. What services could you access to help you better participate in society? What supports could help meet your needs?
What disability will you choose to present as a primary disability in your application? What are other secondary disabilities do you have that you need help with to live a full and equal life?
A disability advocate, such as those who work for PWDA, can help you put together your application and make it more likely it is approved so funding meets your needs.
It takes time to put together an application, especially one that has a better chance of success.
You’ll also need emotional support for the journey. Advocates can help make your process easier to navigate and assist you with any approvals or appeals processes.
You might also need help pulling together more evidence for your application within a three-month period after you submit your Access Request Form.
If you or your supporters have any queries about the NDIS, you can call PWDA’s Information, Intake and Referral Service on 1800 843 929.