Apply for the NDIS
For people who are new to the NDIS, they (or their guardian) should contact the NDIS directly.
The submission can be done in several ways:
- Phone the NDIS: 1800 800 110
- Online – link below
- Through the mail
- Or at an NDIS office
The initial application is also referred to as an Access Request Form.
Click the image above to visit the NDIS website and start the process online.
The NDIS approval process is highly evidence-focussed, we suggest people collate detailed supportive documentation to help the application and justify the prospective funding is reasonable & necessary.
Applicants with very high needs may be supported directly by the National Disability Insurance Agency through this process.
The assessment of an application can be a long process. In some cases, it can take up to six months to have an application approved.
Can AAYS help with an NDIS application?
It is not our role to submit applications on behalf of people. We can, however, provide support through the administrative process.
Getting started on the NDIS
Upon approval of an NDIS plan, the new participant will be referred to a Local Area Coordinator (LAC) program to begin building their first NDIS plan.
This process includes:
- Finding a LAC (which can be done through the MyPlace Portal on the NDIS website)
- Meeting with a Local Area Coordinator to share information to inform the first NDIS plan
- Formalising supports required and goal setting
From this point, the LAC will begin organising supports and may introduce the NDIS participant to a list of disability support organisations.
How to best-prepare for the NDIS
We recognise that this can be stressful for prospective NDIS participants, so we always advise our clients of the realistic timeframes before commencing.
Not a lot of action can be taken during the waiting period. However, prospective participants may benefit from considering the kinds of supports they want to request if their application is successful.
- What support do I feel I need during my day?
- What is my current capability, and what can I do to maintain that?
- What are my personal care needs?
- Would in-home supports be appropriate?
- Would I benefit from a discussion with a GP or other clinician?
- Do I need assistance to secure employment?
This period is best used to plan choice and control over prospective services, some of which will be a new experience.