The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a significant reform in the provision of support for individuals with disability in Australia. The NDIS provides funding for a range of supports and services to help people with disability achieve their goals and live as independently as possible. One of the key features of the NDIS is the ability for participants to access and control their own funding. This means that participants have the right to choose the supports and services they receive, and to decide who provides those supports and services.
However, not everyone is eligible for the NDIS. In order to access NDIS funding, individuals must first be assessed by the NDIS to determine their eligibility. This process is known as the NDIS Request for Access. The NDIS Request for Access is a simple online form that can be completed by individuals, their caregivers, or their representatives. The form asks for basic information about the individual, such as their name, date of birth, and contact details. It also asks for information about the individual's disability and their current support needs. To be eligible for the NDIS, an individual must: - Be an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or hold a protected visa - Be aged under 65 years old - Have a permanent and significant disability - Require support or assistance to take part in everyday activities The NDIS defines a permanent and significant disability as one that is likely to be lifelong and affects an individual's ability to take part in everyday activities. This can include physical, sensory, intellectual, cognitive, or psychological disabilities. If you are unsure whether you or someone you know is eligible for the NDIS, you can use the NDIS Eligibility Checker on the NDIS website. This tool will ask you a series of questions about the individual's disability and support needs, and will provide an indication of whether they are likely to be eligible for the NDIS. Once you have determined that you or someone you know is eligible for the NDIS, you can proceed to complete the NDIS Request for Access form. The form can be accessed online through the NDIS website, or you can contact the NDIS and request a copy of the form to be sent to you. The form can be completed by the individual themselves, if they are able to do so, or by their caregiver or representative. It is important to provide as much information as possible on the form to help the NDIS assess the individual's eligibility and support needs. Once the form is submitted, the NDIS will review the information provided and make a decision on the individual's eligibility for the NDIS. If the individual is found to be eligible, they will be invited to participate in the NDIS and will be provided with information about how to access and manage their NDIS funding. It is important to note that the NDIS is not means-tested, so an individual's income or assets will not affect their eligibility for support. If you or someone you know is interested in accessing the NDIS, you can visit the NDIS website to learn more and to access the access request form. You can also contact the NDIS on 1800 800 110 for more information and assistance with your access request.