Applying for NDIS

Follow this step-by-step guide to help you apply for NDIS. You are eligible if you have Parkinson’s are under 64 years, and meet the requirements set out here.

Staying Connected with Community
Living with Young Onset Parkinson’s can be challenging, but there’s support available to help you stay connected with your community. The best part? You don’t need to be an National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participant to access this service. Both people with disability and NDIS participants can connect with their Local Area Coordinator to learn about and access mainstream and community supports. These coordinators will also assist with applying for the NDIS and developing your plan, if you meet the eligibility requirements and have Parkinson’s.
What is Community Connections?
Community Connections offers various forms of support, including:
  • Access to local information and resources
  • Guidance on mainstream, state/territory government-funded and community supports
This service is available even if you’re not eligible for the NDIS, ensuring everyone can stay connected and engaged with their community.
Benefits of Community Connections
Being part of your community is vital for wellbeing and connection. Community Connections helps you:
  • Find supports for independence and daily living
  • Pursue activities and hobbies in your local community
  • Build relationships with people and places that matter
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to stay connected and thrive. Reach out to your Local Area Coordinators to learn more about Community Connections today!

To become an NDIS participant you need to download the NDIS Access Request Form or telephone 1800 800 110 and ask for one to be posted out to you and get an NDIS reference number. You may be offered the option of filling the form out over the phone, but given the detail required on the form, we strongly encourage you to fill it out with assistance from the following support people:

Occupational Therapist

Many states and territories have OTs associated with local Parkinson’s organisations that can support you. The following assessments can be carried out by an Occupational Therapist to include in your application:

  • Functional Assessment
  • Home Safety Assessment
  • Balance and Mobility Assessments
  • Cognitive Assessment
  • Disability Impact Assessments

Primary treating health professional

Ask your Neurologist or GP to provide a copy of your diagnosis, and a letter of support as to why you are applying for the NDIS, including the impacts of your symptoms on your everyday life. They will need to fill out Section 2 of the Access Request Form.

NDIS-Partner supported Applications – NEW!

An NDIS-partner, e.g. Local Area Coordinator, can now support you to apply for NDIS. Find out more here.

A Primary Support Person/Carer Impact Statement template is available in the My NDIS Info section of the YOPX App. It can be a valuable supporting document for your NDIS application to demonstrate everyday difficulties you experience through the eyes of the primary person who supports you. It is written by the person who is your primary support, for example your spouse, partner, housemate, best friend, parent or sibling. They will need to provide additional details of how young onset Parkinson’s is impacting on your quality of life and the lives of those around you. You can email them the template from My NDIS Info in the app.

Other health professionals can provide support letters including speech pathologists, psychologists, psychiatrists, and physiotherapists that have been treating you for at least six months.

Whatever reports you provide, make sure they are clear about the impact your Parkinson’s has on your daily life, addressing the key domains of mobility, communication, socialising, learning, self-care and self-management.

  • Printed My NDIS Info (emailed to yourself from the YOPX App)
  • Letter of diagnosis from your primary treating professional
  • Occupational therapist assessments
  • Primary support person/carer impact statement
  • Evidence of age and Australian residence including citizenship or visa status
  • Letter(s) from your other treating health professionals

Once your application form has been completed, the fastest way you can return it is email it to NAT@ndis.gov.au. However, you can take it to an NDIA office or an NDIA Local Area Coordinator (LAC) to be lodged.

In this way, you will be given a delivery receipt, and you can expect to receive a response within 21 days. Remember to attach the supporting documents to your signed and dated Access Request Form.

Getting your plan right the first time

It is difficult to get more money for your plan once your application has been approved, and a plan review may take a long time. For this reason, getting the correct supports included in your first application for the NDIS is really important.

Encourage your treating health professionals to contact your local Parkinson’s organisation. They can provide a secondary consult, helping improve their understanding of your Parkinson’s symptoms and the impact of them on your everyday function.