Joining the NDIS

Easy English June 2016

This is the text only version of the Easy English document.

This factsheet has some hard words. The first time we write a hard word it is in blue.

We write what the hard word means.

What is this factsheet about?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme is called the NDIS. The NDIS is a new way to help people under 65 with disability get

This factsheet is about

The NDIS and you

The NDIS wants people under 65 who have disability to be able to

An ordinary life means enjoy the things most people have or do. What an ordinary life means for a young person might be different for an older person.

For example

To help people under 65 with disability to lead an ordinary life the NDIS pays for supports that are


Reasonable means something that is fair.

Necessary means something that you must have.

Our website tells you more about reasonable and necessary supports. Different supports for different people

The NDIS will pay for different supports for different people. This is because different people will have different goals.

For example

The NDIS will be with you as your life changes

As your life changes, your support needs and goals might also change.

The NDIS will be with you to make sure you get the right supports as your goals and support needs change.

What the NDIS does

The NDIS pays for different supports for different people.

Services that anyone can use

The NDIS might be able to help people with disability use services that everyone in the community can use. For example

Disability services

The NDIS might also be able to help with other disability supports.

The supports must help you

Informal supports

The NDIS will also look at your informal supports to see how they are working. These are the supports you get every day from people who care about you. For example, your

Who can get the NDIS

You must be allowed to live in Australia forever. This means you


You must be under 65 years of age to get help.

You must


What you need to do

To get the NDIS we first need to know some information about you.

You already get supports

Your service providers might be able to give us the information we need.

You do not get supports

Contact us when the NDIS starts where you live. Our website will tell you when the NDIS starts where you live

People who can not get the NDIS

Some people will not fit the rules to get the NDIS. You might still be able to

You can find out more on our website

Your first NDIS plan

You will still get care and supports while you wait for your first NDIS plan to start.

Everyone in the NDIS gets their own NDIS plan. The plan says what care and supports you will get with the NDIS.

For your first plan you will talk with someone from the NDIS about

The NDIS will use the answers to help you write your first NDIS plan. Your first plan lasts for 1 year. In that year it is good to think about whether

For example

This will help you write your next NDIS plan.

Starting your first NDIS plan

The NDIS can help you start.

We call the people who can help you Local Area Coordinators.

Local Area Coordinators can help you find

You make the choices

You can choose the service providers you work with. For example

Paying service providers


How you can see your plan

Go to

It will show you how you can see your plan on the Participant Portal. This is a special NDIS website. Your plan review

We will review your plan with you after 1 year. Review means we will look at your plan again with you.

This will help you make your next plan.

When we review your plan, you can tell us

You do not need to wait until we review your plan to change service providers. When we review your plan you can also tell us about new goals you have. For example, learn new skills to get a job.

How to get ready for your plan review

Before your plan review it is good to think about

how your life is

It is also good to think about the people who support you now. For example, a day service or your family.

Write this down and take it to your plan review.

More information

Go to our website

Call 1800 800 110 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Is English hard for you? Do you speak a different language? Call 13 14 50 Are you deaf or hearing impaired?

You can use TTY. Call 1800 555 677 Then give the number 1800 800 110

Is your speech hard to understand? You can use the NRS Speak and Listen. Call 1800 555 727 Then give the number 1800 800 110

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