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  • Writer's pictureAaron Norrish

How to Apply for the NDIS: A Step-by-Step Guide

Updated: Jul 16, 2023

Introduction:

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is an Australian government-funded program that provides support and assistance to people with disabilities. To apply for the NDIS, you need to meet certain eligibility criteria and go through a series of steps to ensure you receive the right support. In this article, we will provide a step-by-step guide on how to apply for the NDIS in Australia, so you can access the support you need.


Step 1:

Check Your Eligibility The first step to applying for the NDIS is to check your eligibility. To be eligible for the NDIS, you must be an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or hold a Protected Special Category Visa. You must also be under 65 years old and have a permanent disability that significantly impacts your daily life. If you meet these criteria, you can move on to the next step.


Step 2:

Gather Your Information Before you start your NDIS application, it's important to gather all the necessary information. This includes medical reports, assessments, and any other documentation that supports your application. You should also consider what kind of support you need, as the NDIS can provide a range of support such as funding for assistive technology, home modifications, and personal care.


Step 3:

Contact the NDIS To apply for the NDIS, you need to contact the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). You can do this by calling the NDIS hotline on 1800 800 110 or by visiting their website https://www.ndis.gov.au/. They will ask you some initial questions to determine your eligibility and set up a planning meeting.


Step 4:

Attend a Planning Meeting The planning meeting is where you will discuss your needs and goals with a planner from the NDIA. You can bring a support person or advocate with you to the meeting. The planner will work with you to create a plan that outlines the support you need, and the funding you will receive from the NDIS.


Step 5:

Receive Your Plan After the planning meeting, you will receive a copy of your NDIS plan. Your plan will outline the supports and funding you will receive from the NDIS. You can choose to manage your plan yourself or use a registered Plan Management provider like Disability Support Management to manage your funding for you.


Frequently Asked Questions:



Q: How long does the NDIS application process take?

A: The NDIS application process can take up to 6 months, but it may take longer if there are delays or if further information is required.


Q: What kind of support can I receive from the NDIS?

A: The NDIS can provide a range of supports including funding for assistive technology, home modifications, personal care, and more.


Q: Can I change my NDIS plan?

A: Yes, you can change your plan at any time if your needs or circumstances change.



Conclusion:

Applying for the NDIS can be a complex process, but it's worth it to access the support you need. By following this step-by-step guide, you can ensure you provide all the necessary information and get the support you need from the NDIS. Remember, you can always seek support from registered Plan Management providers like Disability Support Management to help you manage your NDIS funding.


If you would like more information on how Simplified Plan Management can help you with your Plan Management, give us a call at 0491 090 747 or email us at info@simplifiedpm.com.au



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