Introduced and managed by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is designed to help people with disabilities get the support that they need. Introduced in 2013, recipients can meet the costs associated with their disability without personal financial loss. For example, recipients can use the funds for support workers, help with daily living tasks, and other purposes.
Are you or a loved one eligible for the NDIS? Thankfully, the NDIA has produced a handy eligibility checklist to answer this very question. Let’s run through the important factors for prospective recipients:
Firstly, you need to be aged between 7 and 65. If you’re reading this for a child under seven years of age, you can get different types of help through the early childhood approach. Elsewhere, those over 65 can also receive tailored support.
Next, you need to live in Australia and have an Australian residency. If you aren’t an Australian citizen, you can still qualify with a Permanent or Special Category Visa. If you don’t meet this criterion, you may be eligible for other forms of support.
Although you don’t necessarily need to use special equipment because of your disability, you are more likely to be eligible if this is the case.
Likewise, those who need support because of a disability are also more likely to qualify. Even if you don’t use equipment or don’t need support, you could still meet the eligibility criteria.
Importantly, the fact that you need support to reduce your need in the future could also help your case. If you don’t need support now to reduce future needs, you should explore other options. “While some people send evidence from their GP, others will use documentation from an or thopaedic surgeon, paediatrician, speech pathologist, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, psychologist, psychiatrist, or another professional.”
An NDIS plan management provider should be able to save you from all these errands and explain further how you can use the funds to meet your goals in life.
If you meet this eligibility checklist, start your application today. By getting the right funding, you can get the support that you deserve; this includes leading services from the Perth Healthcare & Support Enterprise.
Applying for the NDIS
If you’ve looked through the eligibility checklist, your next step could be to apply. If so, you can download the Access Request Form from the NDIS website. What’s more, you should download the SEF (Supporting Evidence Form) while working with your GP and other medical professionals.
If you have any questions, you could also phone the NDIA and tell them of your request verbally. If the form makes sense, complete it on your device and then email the form alongside any requested supporting evidence to the NDIA.
For those with an NDIA office nearby, you can also visit the experts and get started this way. As well as providing the right forms, the professionals can also offer advice. It might be that they can suggest an alternative to NDIS that is better for your position.
When sending your access request, you may need to provide information about your disability. As mentioned earlier, you can do this with a Supporting Evidence Form. If you have hearing problems or need assistance with English, you can contact the TIS (Translating and Interpreting Service).
What does it mean to send supporting evidence? According to the NDIA, the best form of evidence is recent, provided by a professional and reputable health professional, confirms the disability, and describes treatments (past and present). If possible, good evidence will also explain potential future treatments.
While some people send evidence from their GP, others will use documentation from an orthopaedic surgeon, paediatrician, speech pathologist, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, psychologist, psychiatrist, or another professional.
By proving your disability, you could get access to NDIS and receive the support that you both need and deserve!