Once you have made contact with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) and confirmed you are eligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), you will be sent an Access Request form.
This form is your formal request to become a NDIS participant, so you can go through the process to start receiving your funded supports.
In the Access Request form, you will need to provide information about yourself, including:
- your date of birth
- your home address and how long you have lived there
- whether you were born in Australia and whether you are a citizen or a permanent resident (there is other visa information on the NDIS website), and
- your disability
- whether your disability is permanent, and
- whether your disability affects the way you manage your everyday life.
The Access Request form also asks for supporting information about your disability and the impact it has on:
- your mobility – moving around the home, getting out of bed or a chair, leaving the home and moving around the community
- communication – being understood in spoken, written or sign language, understating others and expressing needs and wants by gesture, speech etc.
- social interaction – making and keeping friends, interacting with the community, coping with feelings and emotions
- learning – understanding and remembering new information
- self-care - showering/bathing, dressing, eating, toileting and caring for your own health, and/or
- ability to self-manage – doing daily jobs, making decisions and handling problems and money.
This supporting information can be supplied in the form of:
- a letter or report from your doctor or specialist
- assessments by doctors or therapists
- a diagnostic test/s
- previous plans such as a Client Support Plan (CSP), Health Support Plan (HSP) or Behaviour Support Plan (BSP), and/or
- Service Agreements with disability support agencies.
It is important to complete the Access Request form with as much detail as possible, to ensure your best chance at getting accepted to becoming a NDIS participant and receiving supports.
After you have submitted your completed Access Request form to the NDIA, they will then contact you to let you know if you have been successful in accessing in the NDIS – in other words, if you’re able to receive NDIS funding for supports.
If at any time you are having trouble understanding or completing the form, please contact Yooralla Connect. They can support you to complete your NDIS Access Request form, as well as the next stages of your NDIS journey.