NDIS application process

The NDIS takes a lifetime approach to disability support. The aim of the scheme is to provide supports to enable you to build the skills to live an ordinary life. In theory, the approved amount of funding should decrease over time as you are better able to achieve your goals and live independently.

Proof of the disability and its impact on your ability to conduct daily tasks will need to be provided when applying for an NDIS Plan. You are also required to lay out the goals you want to achieve from the supports you are requesting in your NDIS Plans.

Gather Evidence

Gather evidence of your disability

Including reports from your doctors, specialists and OTs

Planning Meeting

Attend planning meeting to discuss your needs and goals


Get approved for funding based on your goals

Find providers to support

Find providers to implement your approved supports

NDIS Eligibility

To be eligible to access NDIS. funding, you must:

  • Have a permanent disability that significantly affects your ability to take part in day-to-day activities
  • Be under the age of 65 at the time of your first plan
  • Be an Australian citizen, hold a permanent visa or a protected special category visa


The importance of setting goals

The focus of the NDIS is not only to assist people with a disability to take part in day-to-day activities, but also to help them build skills and resilience for the future. This is what is meant by a lifetime approach.

Setting goals is an important part of the planning process as it gives you and the NDIA an idea of what supports are needed in order for you to live an ordinary life. These goals are the basis for which your funding will be allocated.

It is vital that you think about what you want from your plan, and set goals accordingly, before applying for NDIS funding the first time, or when preparing for a plan review.

Here are some questions that can help in setting goals:

  • What is important to you?
  • How do you like to spend your time?
  • How do you like to receive your supports?
  • What do you need to live an ordinary life?
  • How can you be more involved in the community?
  • What skills can you learn to be more independent?
  • How could your health and wellbeing be improved?
  • What formal and informal support networks could help you?
  • Would Support Coordination and Plan Management help you achieve your goals?


Our Support Coordinators can help you understand how to word your goals to get the best result from your planning meeting using our complimentary Pre-Planning Service.

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It is important that you understand how to articulate what you want from your NDIS plan in order to be approved for the funding you need.

Our experienced Support Coordinators can help you apply for NDIS funding, by helping gather the right documents, assisting you to detail your needs and word your goals, and by supporting you throughout the process.

Follow the link for more information about our free pre-planning service.

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Frequently asked questions

Am I eligible for NDIS funding?

Australian citizens, permanent residents and people with a protection visa between the ages of 0 and 65 with a permanent and significant disability are eligible for NDIS funding. See this page to find out more about applying.

What is a Planning Meeting?

Once it is established that you are eligible for NDIS funding, you will have a Planning Meeting with an NDIS Planner or a Local Area Coordinator (LAC). In this meeting you will discuss how your disability affects your day-to-day life, the goals you wish to achieve and what supports will help you. This information is sent to the NDIA who will allocate funding accordingly.

Will I have to pay for disability supports out of my own pocket?
If you have an NDIS Plan, your approved supports will be covered by your funding. If you don’t think your funding is enough to cover the supports you need, you can request a Plan Review at any time. See this page for more information on requesting a Plan Review.

Can I get help applying for NDIS funding?

Yes, Inebura offers a free Pre-Planning service, where we help people with disability apply for funding and prepare for their Planning Meeting. Visit this page for more information.

Is Inebura a Registered NDIS Provider?

Yes, Inebura is a Registered NDIS provider as part of the Afea Group. Search for “Afea Care Services” on the NDIS Provider Finder to see all of the supports we are approved for.

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