Carers and the NDIS – guides to help you

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If you are caring for someone with disability, they may be able to get support from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The NDIS aims to help the person to reach their goals and increase their independence.

As a carer, you may need to help the person you care for to work with the NDIS to get the support they need.

The basic NDIS process

To get support under the NDIS, you will need to:

Your role with the NDIS

As a carer, you may need to:

  • guide the person you care for through the NDIS process
  • go to NDIS planning meetings with the person you care for
  • help the person you care for to tell the NDIS what they need and want
  • speak on behalf of the person you care for, if they can’t speak for themselves
  • write a carer statement, to help the NDIS to understand the needs of the person you care for

Getting help with the NDIS

The NDIS system can seem complicated and scary at first. Luckily, there are many websites, resources and guides to help you.

The Carers Australia website has useful information and resources for carers, including:

You can download an NDIS planning app from your app store to help you through the process, and other guides and videos are available online.

You can also talk to other carers who have been through the NDIS process, through the Carers Australia: