Accessing the NDIS

To get an NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) Plan, you will need to make an application to the NDIA (National Disability Insurance Agency). The process can be long but is essential to ensure you get the supports you are eligible for.

On this page we have compiled some information that may be helpful to understand the NDIS application process. The full information about the NDIS and application process is available on the NDIS website.

The first step if to consider your eligibility for an NDIS plan

The NDIS provides a detailed list of eligibility criteria you must meet.

Some of the criteria includes:

  • Applicant must be aged 7 – 65 years  (it may be available for younger children)
  • Live in Australia, be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or Protected Category Visa holder
  • Do you have a disability caused by a permanent impairment?
  • Do you need some supports now to reduce your future need for support?

The next step is to make an application for the NDIS

The NDIS application process is the same for everyone. You can choose to make your application with support from the Local Area Coordinator (LAC) or apply yourself.

Making your NDIS application can be made easier with support from the LAC. The LAC team have experience working through the NDIS application process and can help you to navigate the steps.

Uniting LACs support people in the Maitland and Cessnock areas. There is no charge for using the LAC services.

You can request support from the LAC by completing the Referral Form on the Uniting LAC website.

You may choose to complete your NDIS application by yourself. The NDIS website provides detailed information about the application process.

Call the NDIA to make a verbal application

Call 1800 800 110 and ask to complete an access request.

During the call you will be asked to confirm your identity, or provide authority for a person to act on your behalf, and they will ask questions about your impairment.

You will be given an application reference number during this call. Write this number down so you can provide it if you need to check on your application.

You need to provide supporting evidence

After you have completed your application, you will be sent a Supporting Evidence Form that you will need to complete and return with some evidence of your circumstances. It is best to provide evidence that is recent, completed by your treating health professional, confirms your disability and the impacts it has on your life, describes previous treatments and outcomes, and describes future options and expected outcomes.

The more information you can provide, the better.

The NDIA will advised of the next steps

As your application is processed the NDIA will be in contact with you. They may ask for more information.

You can call the NDIA on 1800 800 110 at any time to check on your application. Make sure you have your application reference number on hand before you call. This number is needed for the NDIA to check on your application status.