Q and A 20 March
This is an important transition and there are specifically tailored supports a school-leaver with disability can access through the NDIS – even if they might not be ready to participate in employment.
A first step would be to discuss the transition from school with your NDIS planner or Local Area Coordinator.
School Leaver Employment Support (SLES) is one supported pathway options, but this is not always the right fit for everyone. Talking to a NDIS planner about options after school and the goals around this will help work out supports needed in a plan, or referral to other services that will help with a positive and meaningful transition.
Other NDIS supports that might be worth discussing with your planner or Local Area Coordinator are supported employment options such as an Australian Disability Enterprise or community participation options to promote meaningful inclusive participation in the community.
If you need to change the way the funds are managed in your plan, you will need to request a plan review.
This means that you will receive a new plan with a new end date. NDIA acknowledges this process can take time and has implemented a streamlined approach to processing these requests.
In the future, NDIA is considering how these requests can be actioned without the need for a plan review.
Once you have an approved NDIS plan, the next step is to start working towards achieving your goals.
Your LAC or Support Coordinator will help you to start your NDIS plan. This is called implementing your plan. They can help you:
- Register for MyGov and activate your myplace account*(see more information below)
- Connect with community and other government services
- Help you find providers who meet your needs and will help you achieve your goals
- Make sure service agreements and bookings are in place with your providers
Your Local Area Coordinator (LAC), or if funded in your plan, Early Childhood Partner or Support Coordinator will work with you to get your plan started so you are on your way to achieving your goals. This can include learning how to choose the right providers for you and what to do if things aren't working out.
You can find more information on starting your plan page.
myplace is a secure online portal on the Commonwealth Government's MyGov website where you or a person you trust can access your NDIS information.
Once your NDIS plan has been approved by your planner, your plan will be available on the NDIS myplace portal about 24 hours after it has been approved. You will also receive your plan in the mail about 10 business days later.
Your LAC or the NDIA will give you an activation code that you need to access myplace for the first time. Your activation code will also be included with your approved plan which the NDIA will mail to you. Your LAC or the NDIS can help you with this if you need.
You should access myplace as soon as possible as your activation code will expire within approximately 10 days. If your activation code has expired, you can get another one by calling the NDIA on 1800 800 110 \or contacting your LAC.
Read the step by step guide on how to use the myplace portal.
If you are an NDIS participant and you reach the age of 65, you can choose to stay as an NDIS participant and continue to receive your supports or you can choose to leave and access supports provided by the aged care system.
If you are from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background you get this choice at 50 years of age. If you do choose to move to the aged care system, you cannot return to NDIS.
If the NDIS hasn't contacted you, call your NDIS planner, Local Area Coordinator, Early Childhood Early Intervention partner or your support coordinator direct. If they can't be reached, call the NDIS on 1800 800 110 to discuss your situation.
You can apply to enter the NDIS six months prior to the Scheme rolling out in your area.
If you already receive supports from a State or Territory government disability program, you will be contacted when it is time to transition to the NDIS.
If you don't currently receive supports you can visit an NDIA or Partner office to begin the access request process.
If you are applying on behalf of a child under the age of six, you will be referred to an Early Childhood Partner. They will work with you to understand your child's individual needs and circumstances.
They will also:
- connect you and your child with the most appropriate supports in your area, such as community health centre, playgroups, etc
- provide some short-term early intervention where it has been identified as the most appropriate support, and
- help you to request NDIS access if your child requires longer-term early childhood intervention supports. If your child becomes an NDIS participant the Early Childhood Partner will work with you to develop an NDIS plan.
If you are aged between seven and 65 you will most likely work with a Local Area Coordination (LAC) Partner to help you understand and access the NDIS. LACs can also help you fill out the Access Request Form.
The completing your access request form page provides you with information about the paperwork and evidence you'll need to provide when you apply for the NDIS.