Q and A - 5 March
You can access the myplace portal through your myGov account.
If you haven't got a myGov account, visit myGov (external) to find out how to create one. In the same way you might have done with other agencies like the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) or Medicare, you will need to link your myGov account with the NDIA myplace portal.
If it is your first time accessing the myplace portal, you will need to get a unique activation code. Your Local Area Coordinator (LAC) or planner will be able to give this to you, or you can contact the NDIA on 1800 800 110 and request one.
Once you have this code, the next step is to log into myGov (or create a myGov account (external)) and go through the prompted steps to connect to the NDIS myplace portal. Your portal activation code expires after 10 days, so it is important that you activate your myplace portal as soon as possible.
Check out the Participant Portal step-by-Step Guide – this is a great resource to help you get you set up and ready to go.
The Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) approach supports children from birth to 6 years of age inclusive of age 6, who have a developmental delay or disability and their families/carers.
The ECEI approach supports families to help children develop the skills they need to take part in daily activities and achieve the best possible outcomes throughout their life.
You can contact an Early Childhood Partner if concerns about your child's development have been identified. You can find more information on the ECEI section.
When reviewing an access request to the NDIS, information is requested relating to the individual's primary disability as well as the impacts that the disability has on their functional capacity. Based on the information provided a "primary disability" is listed on your records. This "primary disability" will be listed as the category that most accurately describes the individual circumstances, diagnosis and functional impacts of the participant.
For those participants who have entered the Scheme through a defined pathway, that is, through a streamlined pathway for people who have been receiving supports through a specific state and territory program prior to the roll out of the NDIS, the initial contact information on our record, as well as information relating to the individual's disability, comes from the State or Territory data and uploaded directly into your NDIS records. If the disability is listed by the State or Territory data incorrectly this will be rectified at first plan, when the planner meets with the family and goes through the available information. The individual's details, including the most appropriate primary disability will then be updated to reflect the individual's circumstances and their functional support needs.
Under the NDIS there are different types of supports available to you relating to accommodation.
Provider registered to deliver the Assistance in coordinating or managing life stages, transition and supports (Assist-Life Stage, Transition) registration group may deliver supports to guide, prompt, or undertake activities to help you get, or be able to stay, in appropriate accommodation. It may include assisting you to apply for a rental property or to undertake tenancy obligations in line with your current tenancy agreement for your current home.
Some Australians living with disability require access to Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) in order to best meet their needs. This may be due to physical needs or requiring high levels of support.
SDA registered providers provide accommodation for participants who require specialist housing solutions to assist with the delivery of supports to cater for their high support needs. SDA does not refer to the support services, but to the actual dwelling itself.
The majority of housing needs for people with disability will be provided through existing programs run by the States and Territory Governments.
The NDIA is aiming to build a culturally inclusive organisation which attracts, supports and retains people from diverse backgrounds as represented in Australian society. We are working to be a leader for the employment of people with disability and advance the employment of people with disability through our work with other organisations.
Diversity refers to all the characteristics that make people different from each other. It includes age, caring responsibilities, culture and indigeneity, disability, gender, sexual orientation and religion. Diversity also refers to educational level, life experience, work experience, socio-economic background, personality and marital status. Diversity is about our commitment to equality and treating all individuals—our employees, participants and the communities in which we operate—with fairness and respect.
The NDIA recently worked with the Australian Network on Disability (AND) to become an accredited 'disability confident recruiter', and in doing so, we confidently recruit talent from diverse groups, including people with disability. We make appropriate adjustments to the recruitment process for all candidates and provide an excellent candidate experience to all applicants.
Read the story on Australian Network on Disability's website (external) about the NDIA obtaining this accreditation. The NDIA have successfully renewed Disability Confident Recruiter status, which brings us into year two of the accreditation.
The NDIA also supports and endorses the Australian Pubic Service (APS) Affirmative measure for recruiting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. The affirmative measure is designed to address the under-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in the APS. Vacancies advertised under this measure only allow Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians to apply. Please refer to the Affirmative measure website (external) for further information.