Q and A - 26 March
The access request form (ARF) should be filled out by the professional who can best answer the questions relating to your situation, all your conditions, and your overall functional capacity.
This could be your G.P, specialist, an Allied health professional, a specialist, or your current service or disability support provider. The ARF should be submitted along with other relevant specific information relating to your disabilities such as medical reports, assessments, letters, scans, discharge summaries or other relevant documents that you or your GP are likely to already have copies of.
All NDIS plans are individually tailored to take into account a multitude of factors, and for this reason someone with the same disability as you may have different funding allocated in their plan.
This means funding allocated to a participant's plan is dependent on a variety of factors, not just someone's disability. Every person's individual circumstances will be different.
A participant's reasonable and necessary supports (ie the funding in their plan) will take into account:
- The functional challenges a participant may have related to their disability affecting their ability to participate in daily living activities
- The goals the participant wishes to pursue
- Any informal supports already available to the individual (informal arrangements that are part of family life or natural connections with friends and community services)
- Formal mainstream supports available, such as health and education services.
- The need for any assistive technology
- The need for any housing supports or modifications
- The transport needs of the participant
The NDIA will generally not fund household items not related to the participant's functional limitations, or which would normally be purchased by any person.
For example, general household furniture or appliances would not be funded, but the extra cost of adapting those items to address the participant's functional limitations may be funded as assistive technology.
Tablets are widely owned and used devices. Australian Bureau of Statistics (2014-15) data reports 86 per cent of all households have access to the internet at home, with 62 per cent of households accessing the internet via tablets. This is why tablets (including iPads) are considered an everyday item.
As such, the NDIS does not usually fund the purchase of an iPad. If there are certain apps relating directly to the participant's goals and support needs, and are beneficial to them reaching those goals, the cost of those apps can be funded in an NDIS plan.
Not necessarily. When you submit your NDIS Access Request form, you should include any supporting information about your child's disability and the impact it has on their mobility, communication, social interaction, learning, self-care and/or their ability to self-manage.
These supporting documents could include health or education reports, letters or assessments, detailing your child's impairment and the impact it has on their daily life.
Alternatively, you can take your Access Request form to a health or education professional and ask them to fill out and sign the form.
Below, you'll find an Access Request form excerpt, which asks the question: If you have undertaken one or more of the following assessments or reports in relation to your/your child's disability, please provide a copy with your Access Request form. In this list, you can see the types of information you can choose to supply with your Access Request form when you submit it.
If you have undertaken one or more of the following assessments or reports in relation to your disability, please provide a copy with your Access Request Form:
- The Care and Needs Scale (CANS)
- Vineland Adaptive Behaviour Scales, 2nd Ed (Vineland-II)
- Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Ed (DSM-5) – Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Ed (DSM-4) – Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS)
- Adaptive Behaviour Assessment System (ABAS)
- Autism Diagnostic Observations Schedule (ADOS)
- Gross Motor Functional Classification Scale (GMFCS)
- Communication Function Classification Score (CFCS)
- Manual Ability Classification System (MACS)
- Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Ed (DSM-5) – Intellectual Disability
- Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Ed (DSM-4) – Intellectual Disability
- Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals, 4th Ed
- Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence, 3rd Ed (WPPSI-III)
- Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-IV)
- IQ test
- Hearing Loss (measured in decibels in better ear)
- Disease Steps
- Expanded Disability Status Scale
- Level of lesion
- ASIA Score
- Modified Rankin Scale
- Visual acuity level
- Visual field loss (horizontal and vertical)
- World Health Organisation Disability Assessment Schedule (WHODAS 2.0)
To access supports through the NDIS ECEI approach, a child does not need to have a diagnosed disability. The NDIS ECEI approach may be available to support a child (and their family) who has a disability diagnosis or who has a developmental delay. An NDIS Early Childhood Partner (or in areas where there are no Partners, a representative from the NDIA) will support families with determining the right support.
For further information on the NDIS ECEI approach, refer to the Early Childhood Early Intervention page.
It doesn't matter whether you have an intellectual, physical or mental health (psychosocial) condition, the NDIS provides all Australians who meet the access requirements with the reasonable and necessary supports they need to enjoy an ordinary life.
The NDIS is based on a person's functional capacity, so if they are unable to participate in their community on a day-to-day basis, they may be eligible for support through the NDIS. To find out about NDIS eligibility, visit the access requirements page.
You can use the Access Checklist to test if think you might be eligible for the NDIS. If you think you meet the access requirements and the NDIS is available in your area you can call the NDIS or visit an NDIA or Partner office and discuss your situation. We will ask you some questions to help identify the next step for you. Your disability worker can help refer you to the NDIS but you can also self-refer to the NDIS.
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.