Applying for NDIS funding: who and how

NDIS funding

By the end of 2019, the NDIS will be available right across Australia, providing support for people with disability, their families, and carers. Even it hasn’t reached you yet, you can apply up to six months before it does. Here’s what to do to get prepared.

If you would like to join the NDIS, you will need to meet certain access requirements first.

1. Is the NDIS available in your area?

Has the NDIS reached you yet?

The NDIS will be available everywhere by the end of 2019. You can apply to enter the NDIS six months before it rolls out in your area.

  • Australian Capital Territory – available across the ACT.
  • New South Wales – available across NSW.
  • Northern Territory – Currently available in the East Arnhem, Barkly, Darwin Remote and Katherine regions. Available from 1 July 2018 in the Darwin Urban and Central Australia regions.
  • Queensland – being rolled out by region. To check your area, go to NDIS in Brisbane and surrounds or NDIS in regional Queensland.
  • South Australia – being rolled out by age group and region. Currently available to all children aged 0 to 17 and and is currently being rolled out to people aged between 18 to 64 years old depending on where they live.
  • Tasmania – being rolled out by age group. Available to ages 4 to 34. From 1 July 2018, the NDIS will be available for children, aged 0 to 3, and adults aged 35 to 49. Available to all by 1 July 2019.
  • Victoria – being rolled out by region.
  • Western Australia – being rolled out by region from 1 July 2018.

2. Are you under 65?

You must be aged less than 65 when you first apply to enter the NDIS and meet additional age requirements if you live in SA or TAS

3. Do you meet the residency requirements?

You must be an Australian citizen or hold a permanent visa or a Protected Special Category visa.

4. Do you meet the disability requirements?

You may meet the requirements if you have a permanent impairment that significantly affects your ability to take part in everyday activities, or have a developmental delay;

5. Do you meet early intervention requirements?

You may meet these if you have an impairment or condition that is likely to be permanent and getting supports now can help in a number of ways. A child under six years of age with developmental delay may also qualify for early intervention.

What happens next?

Before you start, think about who could work with you to access the NDIS. This could be a family member or friend, an NDIS Local Area Coordinator or early childhood partner, a GP or other health professionals.

To become a participant, you will need to complete an access request form. Find out more about the information you will need to provide.

If you are already receiving support from a State or Territory government disability program, the NDIA will contact you when the NDIS is available in your area.

Once you are granted access to the NDIS you will be contacted to begin your planning conversation. Your existing supports and services will remain in place until you have transitioned to the NDIS and have an NDIS plan.

What can I do to plan for the planning meeting? 

  1. Think about the support you currently have in place and what support you might need. What’s working well? What needs to change? Learn aboutreasonable and necessary supports.
  2. What are you good at and what interests you? What would you like to achieve? Read about the types of services and supportsthe NDIS can provide.
  3. Think about your goals for the next 12 months. These can be around increasing choice and control, learning and education, work, social, housing, health and well-being.
  4. Write these things down and collect any reports, assessments or information you might find helpful for when the NDIS comes to you. You can use the NDIS Planning Workbook to help you.
  5. If you’d like to be super-prepared, work through this checklist for a planning conversation. The more information you can provide, the more accurate and detailed your plan can be.
  6. If it’s necessary, gather any reports and functional assessments. In some cases, you may need to provide evidence of your disability.
  7. What’s a good day like? What happens on a bad day? This is so you can ensure you get all the necessary support
  8. Make sure you can provide evidence of your age and residency.
  9. Get hold of your bank account details which will be used for your NDIS participant funds.
  10. How do you want to manage your plan? Will you have a Local Area Coordinator? Will you receive help from a Support Coordinator? Will you self-manage? If so, find out how easy it is to self-manage with Better Caring.

Would you like to book support while you wait? Better Caring is a cost-effective option for consumers who can pay privately while they wait for Government funding. If you already have NDIS funding, why not use it to build your own team of supports? You can work with us whether you’re self managed, plan managed or agency managed. Find out more or call us on 1300 73 65 73 to chat about your options.