To access the NDIS, the person with disability must:
- Be under the age of 65 at the time of applying
- Reside in Australia and be either an Australian citizen, permanent visa holder or a protected special category visa holder
- have a permanent disability that results in substantially reduced functional capacity.
To begin the access request process, you can call 1800 800 110 to complete a verbal access request or complete access request form. If you call to begin the process, ensure your treating practitioners fill out the supporting evidence form, or you have reports which cover the questions asked. If you are applying to the NDIS because you have a psychosocial disability, it is recommended your treating practitioners complete the evidence of a psychosocial disability form.
It is important that your treating practitioners understand what evidence the NDIS is looking for. To understand the importance of language in reports for NDIS purposes, you can share the Summer Foundation’s ‘Getting the Language Right’ document with your treating practitioners.
To understand the different types of evidence needed for different disabilities, visit the NDIS website here.