The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has meant that people with disability can now get the ongoing support that they need to lead happy, independent lives. However, knowing how to go about accessing NDIS funding can be a bit tricky. That’s why we’ve put together this helpful checklist to give you the information you need to get the help that you deserve.
Here are our four easy steps to accessing NDIS funding.
1. Check your NDIS eligibility
To become a participant in the NDIS, you or your loved one must meet the following eligibility criteria:
Have a permanent impairment that significantly affects your ability to take part in everyday activities, or have a developmental delay
Be less than 65 years of age when you first apply for the NDIS
Live in Australia in an NDIS area on a specified date
Be an Australian citizen or hold a permanent residency visa
2. Know what you’re entitled to
There are 15 different categories of NDIS funding, all of which cover assisting participants in achieving different outcomes. It’s important to read up on what you are entitled to through the NDIS.
The types of assistance you may be able to access include:
Access to information and referrals
Support to access community services and activities
Individualised support plans
Early intervention programs
3. Get your paperwork together
Aside from the usual confirmation of identity and place of residence, there is a bit of paperwork involved with accessing NDIS funding. Much of it is in regards to providing evidence of your disability or your child’s developmental delay. You should work with your healthcare practitioners to fill out the relevant paperwork regarding your diagnosis and ongoing needs.
4. Go through a support provider
One of the easiest ways to go about accessing NDIS funding is to go through an NDIS approved early intervention or support provider. At Nextt, our Nextt Steps Program is an approved NDIS core supports provider, which helps participants build skills to go about their daily lives, become more independent and participate in the community. We can also help with support coordination to help you or your loved one build your individual NDIS support plan.
Get in touch with our helpful team today for a free one hour consultation to find out how we can help you and your family access NDIS funding.