Applying for the NDIS

When applying to the NDIS, there are a few steps you need to follow. The team at Plan Hero can walk you through the process below:

  1. Provide Evidence of your Disability
  2. Complete the NDIS Access Request Form
  3. Complete Supporting Evidence Form (if necessary)
  4. Submit your information to the NDIS

Children under 9

There is a greater access pathway to the NDIS for children under the age of 9, and this involves engaging with an ECEI (Early Childhood Early Intervention) partner who will assist you in getting supports and set up with funding.

This is known as the ECEI pathway, read more info about the NDIS and the early childhood approach here.

Connect with your local ECEI partner and get more info here

For the early intervention requirements, the NDIS need evidence from your doctor or treating specialist to confirm your child’s permanent impairment, and evidence that confirms they need early intervention. Generally, the evidence must have been provided from the last 12 months.

Note: The age range changed from 7 to 9 years of age in July 2023

Children and Adults over 9

1. Provide Evidence of your Disability

The type of evidence required is dependent on your disability, and will determine if further documentation is required for your application

  • Click HERE to find out more about the NDIA diagnosis guidelines
  • Click HERE to find out more about what evidence is required based on your disability

2. Complete the NDIS Access Request Form

3. Complete the Supporting Evidence Form

If your disability falls under List B, C or D in the criteria, it is likely you will be required to submit substantiating evidence to support your application.

The NDIS refers to this as your ‘Supporting Documentation’ and may include:

  • Supporting Evidence Form – to be completed by additional supports or professional therapists
  • Diagnosis and treatment information – from other therapy supports
  • Functional assessments related to disability
    • Evidence of how permanent impairment impacts ability to function in everyday activities.
    • Activities person cannot complete in key domains
    • Type and frequency of assistance needed.
  • Impact of disability on daily life

The approval of an NDIS Access Request for these disabilities is often dependent on convincing the NDIA that an applicant’s disability significantly impairs their functional capacity for everyday activities and their social or economic participation

4. Submit your information to the NDIS

Once you have completed the Access Request Form and have signed and dated it:

  • Send all your form plus all supporting documents by email NAT@ndis.gov.au
  • You can also post the application by snail mail to: GPO Box 700, Canberra, ACT 2601 (email is best if possible)

Next Steps

If you are approved for funding – the next step is the NDIS planning meeting where an NDIS representative called a Local Area Coordinator (LAC will decide how much funding your child receives.

In the meantime, I would suggest you start keeping records of personal experiences of the impact of funded supports. This is only a suggestion and might help you once you get to the planning stage to complete any forms or explain how his disability has impacted his day-to-day activities.

This may include:

  • Keeping a journal – noting the impact on family, behaviour in school and social settings, incidences or behaviours on their worst days and how it is managed (also the impact this on the child and their family)
  • Noting benefits of supports
  • Therapists notes/reports
  • Helpful Resources

Go to our NDIS Toolkit – Applying for the NDIS

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