The NDIS does not replace other mainstream services. Mainstream services are the government systems providing services to the Australian public, such as health, mental health, education, justice and housing.

Supporting people with a disability is a shared responsibility. It is the job of mainstream services to fund certain supports, while it is the job of the NDIS to fund other supports. If someone should be providing a support, the NDIS cannot provide it. Governments have agreed to some key principles around funding supports. This is to help everyone know what supports they are responsible for funding. You can see these principles here.

At a recent Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Disability Reform Council meeting, it was established that the NDIS will now fund a range of disability-related health supports. Further information about what will (and will not) be funded by NDIS can be found here.

As these changes in funding responsibilities are recent and significant, developments will be closely monitored, with the NDIS toolkit updated to accurately reflect changes and ensure relevant and appropriate information is being provided.

A GP & Allied Health Professional's Guide to the NDIS (NDIS)
A short booklet to help professionals understand the NDIS and the role they play.

So what does the NDIS fund? (NDIS)
Learn more about the supports that are covered by the NDIS and the 15 categories they align with.

NDIS Booklet 1: Understanding the NDIS
This booklet will help you get to know the NDIS, check your eligibility and find out what supports and services are funded.

NDIS Booklet 2: Planning
This booklet will help you understand your current supports and create an NDIS plan to achieve your goals.

NDIS Booklet 3: Using your NDIS plan
This booklet will help you understand, use and review your plan.

Who can help you with your NDIS application? (Brightwater)
This list gives you contact information for an NDIA office or Local Area Coordinator in your area.

The 7 step process to achieving a quality NDIS plan (Brightwater) 
This form helps you to understand the NDIS pathway. It also tells you what you need to do at each step of the journey.

Supporting evidence form (NDIS)
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) will use the information in this form to determine if you meet the requirements.

Mental Health factsheet (NDIS)
Learn more about the supports the NDIS will fund in relation to mental health services.

Employment factsheet (NDIS)
Learn more about the supports the NDIS will fund in relation to employment.

Housing factsheet (NDIS)
Learn more about the supports the NDIS will fund in relation to housing.

Below are quick reference guides providing examples of how to adapt writing to use NDIS language and provide more of the information that the NDIA requires.

Getting The Language Right (Summer Foundation)
A guide to writing reports, letters, forms and assessments for the NDIS.

Getting The Language Right - Reference Table (Summer Foundation)
A quick, easy-to-read chart to help you write for the NDIS.

Functional Impairment Report example (Brightwater)
This example will help you understand the information that the NDIA needs. It explains how to write for the NDIA. This is different from medical reports.

Letter in Support example (Reimagine)
This example will help you understand the what the NDIA is looking for in a letter to support an application.

Resources for service providers

Learn about the roles and responsibilities of justice, housing, health and mental health services

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