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Applying for the NDIS for the First Time

Applying for the NDIS for the first time

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides funding and support for Australians with permanent and significant disabilities. If you or someone you care for has a disability, you may be eligible to apply for the NDIS. Here's what you need to know about applying for the NDIS for the first time.

Who is Eligible for the NDIS?

To receive NDIS funding, you must:

  • Be an Australian citizen or hold a permanent visa.

  • Be under 65 years old when you first apply.

  • Have a permanent and significant disability that affects your ability to take part in everyday activities.

Preparing to Apply

Gather the documentation you'll need to submit an NDIS access request:

  • Proof of identity and residence

  • Evidence of your disability and how it impacts your life. This could include medical records, reports from therapists and doctors, school assessments, and statements from people who know you well.

  • Information on current supports in place, such as equipment you use, therapies you receive, medications, and informal supports from family and friends.

Understand Your Needs

Think about your goals and aspirations. What are your challenges with communication, mobility, self-care, household tasks, education, employment, social activities, relationships, and other areas of life? This will help you identify where you need support.

You can have a support person assist you with the application process.

Starting Your Access Request

You can submit an NDIS access request online, over the phone, by mail or in person. Have your documentation ready.

After submitting your request, the NDIA will get in touch to verify your identity and residence. They will check that you meet the access requirements.

Next Steps After Access is Granted

If approved, you'll work with the NDIS to develop your personalised plan, choose service providers, and potentially learn how to self-manage your funding if desired.

It may feel daunting to apply for the NDIS, but the rewards are worth it. The scheme can improve the quality of life of people with disabilities, and with proper planning and support, you can navigate the process successfully.

Get in touch with Hunter Valley Support Services for more information and help to guide you on your journey.

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