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I can prepare to access the NDIS

This workbook is designed to help start a conversation about the NDIS and whether you might be eligible and interested in submitting an Access Request Form.

It works best when completed with someone else who can support you.
You can complete some or all of the sections in any order that works for you. It may help you decide whether to proceed with applying to access the NDIS and what supporting information you may need to gather for that process.

This workbook has not been designed to submit to the NDIS as part of your application, but will provide useful info to anyone supporting you to access the NDIS.

The purpose of this booklet is to:

  • Facilitate a discussion about eligibility for the NDIS for psychosocial disability.
  • Understand how your disability impacts your day-to-day life.
  • Assist service providers to support you to decide if the NDIS might benefit you and if you are ready to apply.
  • Determine if you meet the eligibility criteria for the NDIS.
  • Assist you in getting ready to apply for the NDIS by helping to identify and gather the information required for an NDIS application.

About You

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is an Australia-wide scheme that aims to improve the lives of people with disability, including psychosocial disability.

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is the independent statutory agency whose role is to implement the NDIS.

Project Embark was delivered in
2019 by Independent Community Living Australia (ICLA) with the
purpose of exploring and identifying opportunities to improve access to the NDIS for people who are homeless and experiencing psychosocial disability.

What if the NDIS isn’t for me?

Not everyone will be eligible for support under the NDIS and for others it may not be the right thing for them right now.

If the NDIS is not the best fit for you, ask staff from your current service provider to point you in the right direction to get supports that are better suited to you.

What is psychosocial disability?

Psychosocial disability is an internationally recognised term under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

It relates to the social consequences of disability and how a person’s mental health impacts their ability to fully participate in life.

People affected by psychosocial disability may have difficulty engaging in opportunities such as education, training, cultural activities, and achieving their goals and aspirations.

Not everyone who has a mental health condition will have a psychosocial disability, but for those who do, it can have a significant impact on their life and potential recovery.

Are you ready?

Applying for the NDIS can take time and will involve creating a detailed account of how your mental illness affects your life.

This process can be difficult, especially for people who have experienced trauma. Here are some points to discuss before you begin:

It’s up to you – how much would you like to complete today? Perhaps there are some parts you might like to come back to later. There is no deadline to apply and the NDIS is an ongoing program.
Are there aspects of your history that others are familiar with or are already documented somewhere that might save you having to re-tell your story?
Who can support you while you talk through your mental health needs? Is there a friend, trusted support worker or family member you’d like to involve?
What practical support might make this easier?
If you don’t have stable and secure accommodation, can you use the address of a trusted service provider or family member?
What about setbacks? It can take some time to gather the documentation. Not all applications are approved and some are only approved after several attempts. What might help you to stay motivated during this process?

Project Embark has created additional resources that you may wish to refer to throughout this conversation.
They include:

  • Videos
  • Templates

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