One of the biggest challenges of having a disability is finding the financial resources to access the necessary support services. Fortunately, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides funding for individuals with disabilities and their carers. But navigating the application process can be a daunting task, especially for those who are new to the system.
The NDIS provides funding for a range of services, including personal care, therapy, and equipment, to help individuals with disabilities achieve their goals and participate more fully in their communities. But with so many different types of funding and eligibility requirements, it can be hard to know where to start.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the thought of applying for NDIS funding, don’t worry, you’re not alone. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the process of applying for NDIS funding, including the required steps and even what to do if your application isn’t successful. With our help, you’ll be able to navigate the NDIS funding application process with confidence and ease and start accessing the support you need to achieve your goals.
Steps to apply for NDIS funding
The NDIS provides support for a range of services that are beneficial to people living with a disability, including personal care, therapy, and equipment. But how do you apply? Relax! The following steps will help you apply for NDIS funding with ease.
1. Check your eligibility
The first step in applying for NDIS funding is to determine whether you meet the eligibility criteria. The NDIS is available to individuals with a permanent and significant disability, which affects their ability to participate in everyday activities. You must also be an Australian citizen or hold a permanent visa, and be under the age of 65.
To check your eligibility, you can use the NDIS Access Checklist available on the NDIS website. This checklist will ask you a series of questions about your disability and will help you determine if you meet the eligibility criteria.
2. Make a verbal application or complete an Access Request Form
Once you have determined that you meet the eligibility criteria, the next step is to apply for NDIS funding. You can make a verbal application over the phone by calling the NDIS hotline on 1800 800 110 or by completing an Access Request Form.
The Access Request Form is available on the NDIS website or can be requested by calling the NDIS hotline or via email. You can also obtain a form from your local area coordinator, early childhood partner, or NDIA office. The form requires you to provide information about your disability, the support you currently receive, and the support you need.
3. Get your evidence
After submitting your application, you’ll need to provide evidence to support your eligibility and the level of support you require. This evidence may include medical reports, assessments from health professionals, and reports from your current support providers.
You should also gather any other relevant information that may help support your application, such as a support plan, goals you wish to achieve, and a list of the services and equipment you require. You can submit your form and evidence to the NDIS through email at NAT@ndis.gov.au or you can drop it off at your local NDIA office.
4. Where to from here?
Once your application has been submitted and your evidence has been provided, what’s next?
First, your application will be assessed by the NDIS. It is possible that you may need to provide more evidence. But if your application is successful, you will receive an NDIS plan outlining the support and funding you are eligible to receive.
From here, you can work with your NDIS planner to develop a plan that meets your specific needs and goals. Your plan may include funding for services such as therapy, personal care, equipment, or support coordination.
How long does it take to get NDIS funding?
The time it takes to receive your NDIS funding can vary depending on several factors, such as the complexity of your individual circumstances and the amount of evidence required to support your application. Generally, the NDIS provides a decision on your application y within 21 days of receiving all the necessary information. However, it’s important to note that this is not a guarantee, and some applications may take longer to process.
After your application has been approved, it may take additional time to receive your funding and start accessing services. The length of time can vary depending on the specific services and supports you require and how quickly they can be arranged. If you’re 7 or older, your first plan may be approved within 56 days after you become a participant and within 90 days for children younger than 7.
What happens if your application isn’t successful?
If your application for NDIS funding is not successful, don’t fret! There are ways to go about it. First, you have the right to request a review of the decision. The review process is designed to ensure that decisions made by the NDIS are fair and consistent and to give you an opportunity to provide additional information or evidence to support your application.
There are two types of review available:
- Internal Review: This is the first step in the review process, and it involves having your application reviewed by a different NDIS officer who was not involved in the original decision. You must request an internal review within three months of receiving the original decision.
- External Review: If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the internal review, you can request an external review by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT). The AAT is an independent body that can review decisions made by the NDIS and make binding decisions.
During the review process, you can provide additional evidence to support your application and argue your case for why you believe the decision should be overturned. It’s important to note that the review process can take some time, so it’s important to be patient and seek support from advocacy groups or disability services if needed.
If your application is ultimately unsuccessful after the review process, there may be other options available to access support services, such as state or territory-funded disability services or community-based organisations. You also have the option to apply to the NDIS again as long as your previous application is not under review at the time.
How to use your NDIS funding at Easy Exercising
If you’re looking to use your NDIS funding for exercise and fitness-related services then you’re welcome to come on down to Easy Exercising.
But first, why should you even care? Why exercise in the first place?
For starters, regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It can prevent or delay many health problems and vastly improve your fitness, mobility, and quality of life.
Easy Exercising, with our NDIS partnership, provides a variety of allied health services for people living with a disability including exercise physiology, dietetics, and physiotherapy treatments. Whether you have the NDIS self-managed or plan-managed approach, you can start your exercise journey with Easy Exercising.
We work closely with clients to understand their individual needs and goals and develop customised exercise programs that are safe, effective, and enjoyable. Our power-assisted machines then help you to achieve those goals. We also provide a supportive and inclusive environment where participants can exercise and socialise with others who have similar needs and interests.
Easy Exercising is a registered NDIS provider, which means you can use your NDIS funding to pay for our services. And we offer a FREE trial for your first visit to any of our facilities to see if you’d fall in love with our machines. Come on, where else would you rather be?