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How to apply for NDIS support?

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Applying for support through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) involves several steps. Here is a general guide on how to apply for NDIS support:
  1. Check Eligibility:

    • Ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria for the NDIS. Generally, individuals must be under 65 years old, have a permanent and significant disability, and require support with daily living activities.
  2. Gather Relevant Information:

    • Collect information about your disability, medical reports, and any existing support or services you receive. This information will be crucial during the application process.
  3. Contact the NDIS:

    • Contact the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), which manages the NDIS. You can call them on 1800 800 110 to discuss your eligibility and request an Access Request Form.
  4. Access Request Form:

    • Complete the Access Request Form provided by the NDIA. This form includes questions about your disability, your goals, and the support you need. You can request assistance from family members, friends, or support workers when filling out the form.
  5. Submit the Access Request Form:

    • Submit the completed Access Request Form to the NDIA. You can submit it online, by mail, or in person at an NDIA office.
  6. Access Decision:

    • The NDIA will review your Access Request Form and assess your eligibility for the NDIS. You will receive a letter notifying you of the decision. If eligible, you will be invited to meet with a planner to develop your NDIS plan.
  7. NDIS Planning Meeting:

    • Attend a planning meeting with an NDIA planner. This meeting is an opportunity to discuss your goals, needs, and the supports you require. It helps shape your individualized NDIS plan.
  8. Receive NDIS Plan:

    • Once your plan is approved, you will receive a copy. This document outlines the funding and support services allocated to you.
  9. Choose Service Providers:

    • With your NDIS plan in hand, you can choose service providers for the supports and services outlined in your plan. Providers must be registered with the NDIS.
  10. Implement and Review:

    • Begin implementing the supports outlined in your plan. The NDIS plan is generally reviewed annually to ensure it aligns with your evolving needs and goals.

Remember, the process may vary slightly for each individual, and it’s essential to stay informed throughout the application and planning process. If you need assistance, you can also reach out to the NDIA or engage a support person to help you navigate the application and planning stages.

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