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In 2019 the NDIA acknowledged that there are fewer than half the number of people with a psychosocial disability in the NDIS than were projected.  A major problem for people with psychosocial disability is that the kinds of supporting evidence provided by treating professionals often does not match the NDIS criteria for accessing the scheme.
We have gathered a range of resources to help you navigate through this difficult area -click here.
Nearly 30% of all NDIS participants are people with intellectual disabilities.
Some people can qualify for access to the NDIS with just a single diagnosis. For instance, if a person has an IQ measured at 55 points or less, they should automatically have access (see NDIS “List A”), but for all other cases the person must show how their condition meets the NDIS criteria. 
Click here for resources to help a person with an intellectual disability gain access to the NDIS.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5) categorises Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) into 3 levels:
  • Level 1 – Requires Support
  • Level 2 – Requires Substantial Support
  • Level 3 – Requires Very Substantial Support
A person with a diagnosis of level 1 or level 2 ASD will need to show how they meet the NDIS disability requirements (click here for important excerpts from the NDIS Act and Operational Guidelines)
Click here for a list of resources to help people with ASD access the NDIS. 
We may come to work with parents or carers who have mental health concerns, but who may not be eligible for NDIS-funded supports themselves. Click here for a selection of resources to help support those people.
It is well known that children under the age of 7 can access supports from the NDIS without a definite diagnosis, so long as:
  1. There is evidence of a developmental delay and:
  2. There is a good case that putting supports in place now will help reduce the need for more supports later.
This is the so-called ‘early childhood early intervention’ criteria. But did you know this early criteria can apply to anybody up the age of 65? Not many people do know this, but you can find the criteria spelled out in the NDIS Act and Guidelines. 
We call it the ‘cat flap’ because this way into the NDIS isn’t well known, you might not see it at first, and it’s a tight squeeze, but if you get through you end up in the kitchen anyway (plus “cat flap” is easy to remember)!
Click here to see an explanation of the early intervention criteria and relevant excerpts from the NDIS Act and Operational Guidelines.

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(03) 9614 1577

50 Market Street Melbourne, VIC 3000 CBD

Training Guide 2020

View our 2020 Training Guide for Upcoming training on offer. 

We all know the NDIS is complex, and it can be challenging for NDIS participants to navigate their way through the system.
In partnership with the Department of Health & Human Services and the Association for Children with a Disability, we have delivered NDIS training to over 1,000 participants. It has been a terrific experience for everyone concerned, and has led to the creation of these resources.   
The Centre has examined hundreds of guides and documents about the NDIS, ranging from Commonwealth and Victorian Government publications, to publications from the many support organisations for people with a disability and their carers. 
We have collected the most clearly written, most practical and immediately helpful material, and put it all here so you can quickly put these resources to work for you.
Most of these documents are written in plain English so that you can give them to the families you work with. Others give guidance to child and family services workers to assist families in the most efficient, stress-free way.
Click on any of the links below to find a collection of resources:

Frequently Asked Questions

This page gathers together some of the most common questions from our NDIS workshops

Overview of the NDIS

It can be challenging to see the NDIS 'forest' for the 'trees'. This page gathers a range of overviews and general introductions to the NDIS, including some excerpts from the introductory section of our own workshops

NDIS Sector Support Training

Find locations and dates for upcoming NDIS training here

Disability Advocacy and Support Groups

Some of the most valuable advice about the NDIS comes from the dozens of disability support and advocacy groups in our community. If you are working with someone in the NDIS, or trying to access the NDIS, why not get in touch with one of the dozens of support groups who take NDIS enquiries day after day? You will get up-to-the-minute advice.

The NDIS Act, Rules and Operational Guidelines

One of the areas of greatest confusion about the NDIS is to do with the particular language and concepts used by NDIS decision-makers -often the NDIS uses terms that are familiar to community services and allied health professionals, but the meaning of the terms are quite different in the NDIS. Here is a list of the tools used by the NDIA to make decisions about NDIS applicants and participants.

The Four Stages of the NDIS

There are over 200 resources in this section (there is a lot of knowledge out there!), so we have broken it into four 'stages' to help you find what you need faster.

The NDIS and Aboriginal Communities

This section brings together a collection of resources, ranging from providers of cultural competency training, to advocacy organisations, to research on how to help Aboriginal communities get the best outcomes from the NDIS

The NDIS and CALD communities

This section gathers resources ranging from cultural competency training, to CALD advocacy organisations and resources including NDIS fact sheets in 29 different languages

Supporting carers to help sustain care of a child with a disability

This page features carer support and advocacy organisations, plus resources to help a parent/carer write a 'Carer Statement' for a NDIS planning meeting. DHHS tools to assess the risk of a breakdown of care are also provided.

Popular Topics

In 2019 the NDIA acknowledged that there are fewer than half the number of people with a psychosocial disability in the NDIS than were projected.  A major problem for people with psychosocial disability is that the kinds of supporting evidence provided by treating professionals often does not match the NDIS criteria for accessing the scheme.
We have gathered a range of resources to help you navigate through this difficult area -click here.
Nearly 30% of all NDIS participants are people with intellectual disabilities.
Some people can qualify for access to the NDIS with just a single diagnosis. For instance, if a person has an IQ measured at 55 points or less, they should automatically have access (see NDIS “List A”), but for all other cases the person must show how their condition meets the NDIS criteria. 
Click here for resources to help a person with an intellectual disability gain access to the NDIS.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5) categorises Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) into 3 levels:
  • Level 1 – Requires Support
  • Level 2 – Requires Substantial Support
  • Level 3 – Requires Very Substantial Support
A person with a diagnosis of level 1 or level 2 ASD will need to show how they meet the NDIS disability requirements (click here for important excerpts from the NDIS Act and Operational Guidelines)
Click here for a list of resources to help people with ASD access the NDIS. 
We may come to work with parents or carers who have mental health concerns, but who may not be eligible for NDIS-funded supports themselves. Click here for a selection of resources to help support those people.
It is well known that children under the age of 7 can access supports from the NDIS without a definite diagnosis, so long as:
  1. There is evidence of a developmental delay and:
  2. There is a good case that putting supports in place now will help reduce the need for more supports later.
This is the so-called ‘early childhood early intervention’ criteria. But did you know this early criteria can apply to anybody up the age of 65? Not many people do know this, but you can find the criteria spelled out in the NDIS Act and Guidelines. 
We call it the ‘cat flap’ because this way into the NDIS isn’t well known, you might not see it at first, and it’s a tight squeeze, but if you get through you end up in the kitchen anyway (plus “cat flap” is easy to remember)!
Click here to see an explanation of the early intervention criteria and relevant excerpts from the NDIS Act and Operational Guidelines.

Contact Us

(03) 9614 1577

50 Market Street Melbourne, VIC 3000 CBD

Training Guide 2020

View our 2020 Training Guide for Upcoming training on offer. 

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