How to speak NDIS
Sometimes the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) can feel like another language – so we’ve decided to treat it like one!
If you’re new to the world of the NDIS, it might feel like a bit of a maze, so it’s important for you to understand the common terms, acronyms and definitions used by the NDIS.
Here’s a guide to help get you fluent in NDIS in no time.
|Regular English||NDIS speak|
|How you check if you are eligible for the NDIS.||Access request form|
|You can make your own decisions about your life and choose when, where and what supports you receive.||Choice and control|
|The ways you are involved in your community.||Community engagement|
|The kinds of support you pay for.||Formal supports|
|The kinds of supports you don’t pay for. For example, things that your family or friends might help you with.||Informal supports|
|NDIA staff who help link you to information and support in the community and make sure it is more welcoming for people with a disability.||Local Area Coordinators|
|Services that provide support to a range of people (not just people with a disability).||Mainstream services|
|A team of people with different skills working together to support someone with disability.||Multidisciplinary team|
|The organisation that runs the NDIS.||National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)|
|An independent agency that aims to improve the quality and safety of NDIS supports and services. Find out more about their role and everything they do.||NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission|
|Someone who can make decisions for a person that needs help with the NDIS, but does not have a parent or guardian to make these decisions.||Nominee|
|Someone who has an NDIS plan and receives funding.||Participant|
|A summary of key things about you like your living arrangement, a list of who is important to you, the supports you need and access, your schedule for the day, and your goals and aspirations.||Participant statement|
|The document that has your goals and what your funding and support is for. This is what your NDIS plan could look like.||Plan|
|A really long list of what everything costs under the NDIS.||Price Guide|
|Someone who is waiting to hear whether they will be covered under the NDIS.||Prospective participant|
|An individual or an organisation that delivers support or a product.||Provider|
|When a person’s mental health issues cause disability.||Psychosocial disability|
|The process you go through if there is a decision in your plan that you think is wrong.||Review of decisions|
|This is something that helps your pursue your goals and live independently.
Reasonable is something that is fair.
Necessary is something you have to have because of your disability.
|Reasonable and necessary|
|A document that explains what supports you will receive from a provider and how much it will cost. It will also explain what you are responsible for, and what your provider is responsible for.||Service agreement|
|Respite - time you spend outside of your usual living arrangements.||Short-term accommodation|
|The things that help you do your day-to-day activities to be part of the community and reach your goals.||Supports|
|Someone who can help you find mainstream and other disability services.||Support Coordinator|
|The businesses and organisations that provide services to people with disability and represent them.||The Sector|
And the acronyms…
Oh, the acronyms.
There are just so many.
Hopefully, this can provide some clarity:
- NDIS: National Disability Insurance Scheme
- NDIA: National Disability Insurance Agency
- ECEI: Early Childhood Early Intervention
- AAT: Administrative Appeals Tribunal
- DSP: Disability Support Pension
- DSS: Department of Social Services
- LAC: Local Area Coordinators
- FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions
- ILC: Information, Linkages and Capacity Building services
- NDS: the Australian peak body for non-government disability services
- SIL: Supported Independent Living
- SDA: Specialist Disability Accommodation