How to speak NDIS

Two women having a meeting

Sometimes the NDIS can feel like another language – so we’ve decided to treat it like one!

Here’s a guide to help get you fluent in NDIS in no time.

Regular English

NDIS Speak

Someone who has an NDIS plan and receives funding. Participant
An individual or an organisation that delivers support or a product. Provider
The things that help you do your day-to-day activities to be part of the community and reach your goals. Supports
The document that has your goals and what your funding and support is for. Plan
Respite Short-term accommodation
How you check if you are eligible for the NDIS. Access request
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
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
A team of people with different skills working together to support someone. Multidisciplinary team
Someone who can make decisions for a person that needs help but does not have a parent or guardian. Plan Nominee
A really long list of what everything costs under the NDIS. Price Guide
When a person’s mental health issues cause disability. Psychosocial disability
The organisation that runs the NDIS. The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)
The businesses and organisations that give services to people with disability. The Sector
A document that explains what supports you will receive from a provider and how much they will cost. It will also explain what you are responsible for, and what your provider is responsible for. Service agreement
Someone who is waiting to hear whether they will be covered under the NDIS. Prospective participant
The process you go through if there is a decision in your plan that you think is wrong. Review of decisions

And the acronyms…

Oh, the acronyms.

There’s 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

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