Access NDIS Support With Songbird By Your Side

Access NDIS Support With Songbird By Your Side

Songbird has been supporting participants with their NDIS plans since 2015, when the scheme was first rolled out across the Hunter. As registered NDIS providers, we make sure you receive the right disability support services for your unique needs.

We also understand that setting up your NDIS plan can be complicated, especially when it’s your first time. To help you get started on the NDIS pathway, we’ve outlined its key stages!

Applying For The NDIS

The first thing you have to do is call the NDIA on 1800 800 110 and ask for an Access Request form, which includes questions to confirm your identity, disability and consent.

Complete and send your NDIS application to the NDIA for assessment. Once approved, you will receive a letter confirming this access decision. From there, your Local Area Coordinator (LAC) will contact you to arrange an NDIS planning meeting.

Creating Your NDIS Plan

During the NDIS planning meeting, your LAC will work with you to devise the best plan for your needs. Together, you will discuss your current disability support services, future aspirations and any additional assistance needed to achieve these goals.

At the end of this meeting, your LAC will let you know how long it will take for the NDIA to review your NDIS plan. Once approved, your LAC will share the plan with you in person or send a paper copy to your preferred address. You can also access your plan via the myplace portal.

Implementing Your NDIS Plan

Now that you have an NDIS plan, it’s important to understand its funding and who can assist you in accessing support services. While you have choice and control over which providers and resources to use, Support Coordination can help you to organise this care with confidence.

Support Coordinators connect you with support services throughout your NDIS journey, building your capacity to manage your plan independently and achieve your goals.

Reviewing Your NDIS Plan

Six weeks before your annual plan is due to end, the NDIS will contact you to arrange a review. Feel free to bring your carer or family member along for company during this friendly meeting.

The NDIS plan review gives you a chance to look back on your progress over the past year, and consider future support that may help you to achieve even more!

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Frequently Asked Questions

We provide a variety of NDIS supports for individuals with a disability, including Supported Independent Living, and Day Programs and Activities.

No matter your ability, we can help you to:

  • Achieve more independence
  • Transition from one life stage to another
  • Move out of your family home and into your own
  • Access therapist support
  • Develop new skills for day-to-day living
  • Strengthen family relationships and make new friendships
  • Become an active member of your local community
  • Earn work experience and secure employment

Please get in touch with our team on (02) 4048 4220 to learn how we can assist you in living life your way.

This document outlines the disability supports required to meet your needs and goals, along with any funding the NDIS may provide. Each NDIS participant has a personalised plan to reflect their unique circumstances.

Your first plan begins a lifelong journey with the NDIS, and is adjusted in line with your progress.

To be eligible for the NDIS, you must:

  • Live in Australia, with Australian citizenship or a Permanent or Special Category visa
  • Be between the ages of 7 and 65
  • Have a permanent and significant disability that hinders your daily living
  • Need support now to improve future functioning

You can learn more about NDIS eligibility here.

Once a valid NDIS Access Request has been submitted, the NDIA must confirm eligibility within 21 days.

To help speed up this process, you can:

  • Double check that your Access Request Form is completed, signed and sent with as much relevant documentation as possible.
  • Provide your Centrelink Reference Number if possible, as this allows the NDIS to confirm your age and residence without extra documentation.
  • Have all necessary information on hand incase the NDIS calls you for further details, particularly if you have received a letter from the NDIS saying that they will be in contact.

Consider your short and long-term goals.

We suggest concentrating on practical things, such as:

  • Participating in more community activities
  • Becoming more independent in your daily tasks
  • Learning to communicate more effectively

Next, think about which services could help you to reach these goals.

For instance:

  • A day program can provide fun opportunities to make friends
  • A support worker can teach you life skills and assist with daily chores
  • A speech therapist can help you to develop your verbal communication

Once you have a basic understanding of these goals and supports, you will be able to discuss your options in an NDIS planning meeting.

It’s important to note the types of support that won’t be funded by the NDIS. Services that will not be covered are:

  • Unrelated to your disability
  • A duplicate of a support that is already included in your NDIS plan
  • Related to daily living costs that are not linked to disability e.g. groceries
  • Better handled through another support system e.g. healthcare or education
  • Likely to harm you or put others in danger
  • Concerned with income replacement
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A Proud Provider of NDIS Supports

Songbird is a modern disability services provider offering a range of NDIS supports across Newcastle, Maitland and the Hunter. As a registered NDIS provider since day one, we can help you navigate this revolutionary scheme and stay up-to-date with its latest news and information.

Become a Part of the Songbird Team

If you would like a career in disability support, please follow the link below to see if there are any opportunities to work with us. By joining Songbird, you will be enhancing the lives of people with disabilities, their families and carers. We are always happy to hear from enthusiastic applicants!