Getting started with NDIS

Whether you are just beginning your journey in applying for the National Disability Insurance Scheme funding, or if you are ready to get started with your plan, Brightwater is here to help.

Our expert team can assist you in successfully navigating through the NDIS process, to ensure you receive the best quality services that you need.

This step-by-step guide will help you understand how to get started with the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

1. Talk to our team

Before you get the ball rolling, get in touch.

As one of the leading NDIS approved providers in Perth, we offer a free pre-planning service that prepares you for your NDIA meeting, ensuring you get a comprehensive, well-funded plan that works for you.

2. Get access to the NDIS

To be covered by the NDIS, you’ll need to:

  • Be under the age of 65
  • Have an impairment that is likely to be permanent and has a significant impact on your everyday life
  • Be an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or permanent visa holder
  • Live in an NDIS area

If you meet the access requirements, your funding eligibility will be assessed by an NDIS representative. They’ll also advise when you can access your NDIS plan.

Note: If the NDIS availability is yet to be rolled out in your area, you may still be able to access funding from the State Government.

You can browse our NDIS Toolkit here.

3. Develop your NDIS plan with help from us

Once you’re eligible, you’ll develop your personal plan with one of our NDIS representatives.

Your plan contains an outline of your goals, what you need to achieve and the funding you’ll receive.

Download our interactive booklet to help with your planning meeting.

4. Manage your NDIS plan

At Brightwater, our NDIS support coordination service can help you make the most out of your NDIS funding.

Our Perth team can also assist you with accommodation, therapy, equipment, and behavioural issues.

Once you’ve got a plan in order, you can choose how you’ll manage your NDIS support. Your options include:

  • Self-managed - You pay providers and manage any admin yourself.
  • Provider-managed - You choose a provider to manage all payments on your behalf and to help with service agreements, hiring staff and preparing reports about your NDIS funding.
  • Shared management - For example, you might want to manage your consumables but let someone else manage your therapy funds.

You can find out what support does the NDIS cover here.

5. Review your NDIS Plan

Your NDIS planner will review your plan every 12 months to make sure you’re getting the support and services you need.

And of course, your Brightwater NDIS support team will be on hand to answer any questions you might have. We’re here to make sure you benefit from your services and achieve the best possible outcomes.

Frequently asked questions

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  • What types of disability does Brightwater specialise in?

    Brightwater supports people with complex disabilities, including neurological, cognitive, psychosocial and physical disabilities.

    We are an innovator in the area of acquired brain injury rehabilitation, and also provide specialist supported accommodation and services for people living with Parkinson's disease and Huntington's disease.

  • What funding can I access if I have a disability?

    If you meet the requirements, you may be able to access funding from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). For more information, visit our Fees & Funding page.

  • Do your supported independent living homes cater for special dietary requirements?


    Our catering team can provide nutritional food for different needs such as vegetarian and vegan diets, allergies, diabetes and dysphagia.

  • Can I access disability services in my own home?


    We can provide NDIS and disability support services in your own home. These include therapy services, equipment and assistive technology and behavioural assessment and support.

  • What happens if I am not eligible for the NDIS?

    If you are not eligible for NDIS funding, you may be able to access funding from other sources or self-fund your services.

    Give us a call on 1300 223 968 to discuss your options.