The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a program that provides support to Australians with a disability, their families, and carers. The NDIS can help people with disabilities to access a range of services and supports that can assist them in leading an independent and fulfilling life. To apply for an NDIS plan, you can follow these steps:

Determine your eligibility.

The first step is to determine if you are eligible to receive NDIS support. To be eligible, you must:

  • Be an Australian citizen, a permanent resident, or a New Zealand citizen with a special category visa
  • Have a permanent and significant disability that affects your ability to take part in everyday activities
  • Be aged between 7 and 65 when you apply for NDIS support

Learn more about NDIS eligibility requirements here.

Gather the necessary documents.

To apply for an NDIS plan, you will need to provide proof of your identity and your disability. This may include:

  • Birth certificate or passport
  • Proof of address
  • Proof of your disability, such as a letter from a doctor or specialist

Apply

Contact the NDIS to request an application form. You can do this by calling 1800 800 110, online, or in person at your local NDIS office.

Complete the application form. The form will ask for information about your disability, your current support needs, and your goals for the future. It is important to provide as much detail as possible to help the NDIS understand your needs and develop a plan that is right for you.

Submit your completed application form and supporting documents to the NDIS. You can do this by mail, email, or in person at your local NDIS office.

Wait for the NDIS to review your application and assess your eligibility for support. This process can take several weeks, so it is important to be patient.

Plan

If you are found eligible for NDIS support, you will be contacted by the NDIS to discuss your needs and develop your NDIS plan. This plan will outline the support and services that will be provided to you, as well as how much funding you will receive to help you achieve your goals.

If you feel you will need or benefit from support in managing your plan or finding the right services, ensure you request Support Coordination funding in your plan. You can learn more about Support Coordination here.

Access services

Once your NDIS plan is approved, you can start using it to access the support and services you need. This may include things like therapy, equipment, and home modifications.

Review your NDIS plan regularly to make sure it is meeting your needs and helping you to achieve your goals. You can request changes to your plan if your needs or circumstances change.

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