National Disability Advocacy Program
There are a range of supports available to assist you with decision making. The National Disability Advocacy Program (NDAP) is one of these. The NDAP can help you with general access and support issues. The NDAP can also assist you with issues that may arise with the National Disability Insurance Scheme or with your support providers. The NDAP can also help you to develop self-advocacy skills.
The NDAP can:
- help you to build capacity to identify your needs and goals
- ensure that you understand your rights and responsibilities
- make sure that you understand your decisions and how they will affect your life
- provide support with reviews. For example, if a decision is made that you disagree with, you can request a review of that decision. In these instances the NDAP can help you participate in the review process. The NDAP can also put you in contact with a support person if you are seeking a review of a NDIS decision in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT).
To find out more about the NDAP, please visit the NDAP page on the DSS website.
What advocacy support can the NDIS provide?
The NDIA does not directly provide advocacy services for people with a disability for representation and legal review of a decision. This is because the NDIS Act does not permit or require the Agency to fund legal assistance for prospective participants or participants in relation to a review of a decision made under that Act.
The NDIA will provide assistance, where needed, when you are taking part in an NDIS activity. You can choose who you would like to assist you and, if necessary, the NDIA can find someone to help.
Support with decisions can be provided by family or friends or your local area coordinator, planner or an advocate who can help you to:
- Make decisions about your needs and goals for completing your individual plan
- Understand your rights and responsibilities
- Understand what your decisions will mean.
Your planner can also provide information or advice about how you could get assistance from other mainstream services such as services provided by education, aged care or in the justice system.
In all your dealings with the NDIA you are very welcome to bring a support person with you.