NDIS Toolkit – Advokit
DANA (Disability Advocacy Network Australia) has developed a website full of information about interacting with the NDIS. Including sections on: becoming a participant, plans, privacy, rights, supports and services, decision making, review and complaints and legislation.
Disability Support Guide
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Search by Registered Providers, Non-Registered Providers, Service Type, Support Category or Suburb to find the best provider to suit your needs.
Learn about the different services available, understand the NDIS, find out how funding works and what costs are involved. Prepare for your planning meeting and consider the questions you should ask.
Service Provider Compaints under the NDIS
It is always best to try and resolve issues you may have with your service provider directly with them. Often they will have a complaints process for you to follow on their website or in the information provided to you when you first started the service.
If you are not happy with the result of dealing directly with the service provider and your service provider is funded by the NDIS, you may contact the NDIS directly. You can also contact the NDIA if you don’t feel comfortable contacting your service provider in the first instance. To contact the NDIA Phone: 1800 800 100, or go through the Website: www.ndis.gov.au
LAC (Local Area Coordinator) or other NDIA Staff Complaints
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) can help if you are unhappy with any service provided to you under NDIA funding. If you are having issues contact the NDIA Phone: 1800 800 100, or go through the Website: www.ndis.gov.au
NDIS Plan or NDIA Decision Complaints
If you are unhappy with a decision about your plan that has been made by the NDIA (National Disability Insurance Agency) there are a few steps you can take to seek a resolution.
Step 1 – Apply for a review
You can submit an application for a review of the decision. The request for review must be made within 3 months of receiving notice of the decision. Only some type of decisions can be reviewed, these include:
- access to the scheme
- the provision of reasonable and necessary supports
- appointment of a nominee; or
- recognition of parental responsibility
There are a few ways you can apply for a review:
- An application for review can be found by clicking here
- Phone: 1800 800 100
- Go through the Website: www.ndis.gov.au
Or you can write your own submission covering the following topics:
Part A – Applicant information
Part B – About You
Part C – What are the grounds for this review?
- What is your request for review about?
- Why do you want the decision reviewed?
- When was the decision made?
- How has it affected you?
- What outcomes are you seeking?
Part D – Further Information – Attach supporting information
For further details please click here
Step 2 – Still unhappy with the outcome of an internal review of an NDIA decision?
You may apply for review of an NDIA/NDIS decision from the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) – note you must first review the decision internally as otlined above before applying to the AAT. The application must be made within 28 days after receiving the decision from NDIA.
For further details on how to make an application please click on the link: http://www.aat.gov.au/applying-for-a-review/national-disability-insurance-scheme-applicants
Phone: 1800 228 333
Fax: 07 3052 3001
Step 3 – Unhappy with the way your complaint was handled by the NDIA?
If you are unhappy with the way your complaint is handled, you can contact the Commonwealth Ombudsman on 1300 362 072. To make a complaint use the online form https://forms.business.gov.au/smartforms/servlet/SmartForm.html?formCode=oco-complaint-form
Help for making NDIA and NDIS Complaints
Several organisations are funded to help support people who are having problems with the NDIA/NDIS. They may offer free advocacy.
You can contact:
- Queensland Advocacy Incorporated (QAI) – Email: NDIS email@example.com Phone: 1300 130 582 or (07) 3844 4200
- Independent Advocacy Townsville – Free call: 1800 887 688 Phone: (07) 4725 2505 Inquiries/Referrals: firstname.lastname@example.org Self-Advocacy Support: email@example.com Admin: firstname.lastname@example.org
There are other advocacy organisations you may contact if you wish to have a decision made by the NDIS reviewed:
- Independent Advocacy Townsville
- People with Disability Australia
- Queensland Advocacy Inc
- Rights in Action
- Speaking Up For You
- Sunshine Coast Citizen Advocacy Programme
There are also various independent organisations which may be able to assist you:
- Amparo Advocacy Inc
- Capricorn Citizen Advocacy
- Gold Coast Advocacy Inc
- Ipswich Regional Advocacy Service
- Mackay Advocacy Inc
- The Advocacy & Support Centre (TASC)
It is always best to check with a Community Legal Centre or disability advocacy organisation to find out what options you have in getting legal advice.
Disability Law Qld may be able to assist with NDIS matters.
Phone: (07) 3622 1250
Address: 40 Finsbury Street, Newmarket, Qld.