Every week the NDIS publishes a Q&A featuring questions from the public. These can be a great resource for people who are looking for more information about the NDIS. We've put together links to the NDIS Q&As for you here.
These links will take you to the NDIS website where you can read the questions and answers in detail:
What are consumables under the NDIS? How long does it take to be approved for access to the NDIS? Will the NDIS fund an integration aide at an independent school?
Five key questions about Assistive Technology under the NDIS. Can you claim Medicare and health fund rebates for services funded by the NDIS? If you are self-managed do you need to set up a separate bank account for the funds?
If you're ready to start your plan, who can help? Some helpful tips about Local Area Coordinators (LACs), Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) partners and Support Coordinators. Are anxiety and depression covered by the NDIS? If the NDIS ask for evidence of disability, do you need to get new reports, or can you use old ones?
What is the difference between plan-managed and self-managed? How does the NDIS work out how much money each participant gets in their plan? How does payment of invoices work when you are self-managed?
Can the NDIS help you go to a concert? If you ask for a review of your plan, can you continue to use the funds from the plan you currently have? What happens to your Centrelink Mobility Allowance when you move to an NDIS plan?
How can School Leavers Employment Supports (SLES) help young people with a disability in year 12? What support is available to children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and how can Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) help? Will the NDIS fund a gym membership, and why are people receiving phone calls from Australian Health Care Associates?
Once you've been accepted as an NDIS participant, are you on it for life? What happens if your NDIS funds run out sooner than planned, and why is the NDIA writing to people about offsetting advance payments?
Explaining the role of a LAC (Local Area Coordinator), does the NDIS cover mental illness and a helpful tip about opening a separate bank account to deal with NDIS funding.
Is the NDIS needs-based, or diagnosis-based? What can core funding be used for? And a couple of questions about autism in children; weighted blankets and behavioural issues.
Tips on how to get NDIS-ready, the difference between the NDIS and the NDIA, and why some NDIS plans seem inconsistent when it comes to therapy like physio and OT.
NDIS prices went up, will plans be increased too? Advice on how your relationship with your Early Childhood Planner should work, and whether or not planners need to have disability experience.
Is the NDIS sending out SMS/text messages and is this a scam? Also featuring an interesting question about the length of time from being accepted as an NDIS participant and your first planning meeting.
What are self-managed participants responsible for when it comes to legal obligations? Information on what to do if your circumstances change and you need to access new supports immediately, and how the NDIS is helping deliver SDA (Specialist Disability Accommodation).
What's the difference between plan-managed and self-managed? What to do when your preferred provider isn't NDIS-registered, and what to do if your request for a review has been rejected.
How to manage problems uploading documents to the NDIS portal, can an NDIS plan cover ASD swimming lessons, and are participants able to use funding to buy ipads?
Why all NDIS plans are different, can study be funded as part of an NDIS goal, and information about the SLES (School Leaver Employment Support) initiative.
Who can be a nominee for an NDIS participant, how you can request an in-person planning meeting and where you can access Easy English information about the NDIS.
A helpful explanation of the difference between Core budget, Capital budget and Capacity Building budget, and whether or not you need to get quotes for assistive technology before your NDIS planning meeting.
Will the NDIS impact on someone's Disability Support Pension? And some questions about the process to get bathroom modifications, and who owns the assistive technology equipment purchased using your NDIS budget.