How do I apply for the NDIS?

Here are some quick tips for applying for NDIS funding and making your application as strong as possible.

Step 1:

Check you’re eligible before applying for NDIS

  • Are you between 7 and 65?
  • Do you live in Australia and have Australian residency?
  • Do you usually need support from someone because of a psychosocial disability?

Step 2:

If you think you’re eligible, fill out a paper Access Request Form (ARF), or make a Verbal Access Request (VAR) to the NDIA with your Stride support worker present. You’ll then have 28 days to collect all the evidence you need.

ARF Information

Step 3:

Print out the Evidence of psychosocial disability form and have the most appropriate clinician fill it out. This is ideally a GP or psychiatrist who’s known you for more than 6 months. You can also refer to our Providing evidence of psychological disability matrix for guidance.

Step 4:

Make sure you’ve ticked all the boxes in order to successfully apply for NDIS. You’ll need to show the NDIA you have a permanent psychosocial disability that affects your everyday life and your social or economic participation.

For more information on how to apply for NDIS funding, head over to the official NDIS webpage ‘Mental Health and the NDIS’

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