You and the NDIS
NDIS and Advocacy
At the present time, Disability Advocacy is not covered under the NDIS. So where will you go for Advocacy? Independent Advocacy in the Tropics Inc continues to provide a FREE Advocacy service to those with a disability under various Federal and State block funding arrangements. This means that we can attend planning meetings or just help you understand what the planning process is all about. If you have a complaint we can assist you with that as well.
Disability Advocacy - What is disability advocacy?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 defines an independent advocate, in relation to a person with disability, to mean a person who:
- is independent of the Agency, the Commission and any NDIS providers providing supports or services to the person with disability
- provides independent advocacy for the person with disability, to assist the person with disability to exercise choice and control and to have their voice heard in matters that affect them
- acts at the direction of the person with disability, reflecting the person with disability’s expressed wishes, will, preferences and rights
- is free of relevant conflicts of interest.
The Act acknowledges the important role of advocates (including independent advocates) and other representatives of persons with disability; and requires registered NDIS providers to cooperate with, and facilitate arrangements for, advocates (including independent advocates) and other representatives of persons with disability who are affected by complaints or incidents and who wish to be independently supported in that process by an advocate or other representative.
For further information on disability advocacy and finding a disability advocate, see: the Disability Advocacy Finder.
National Disability Advocacy Program (NDAP)
There are a range of supports available to assist you with decision making. The National Disability Advocacy Program (NDAP) is one of these. The NDAP can help you with general access and support issues. The NDAP can also assist you with issues that may arise with the National Disability Insurance Scheme or with your support providers. The NDAP can also help you to develop self-advocacy skills.
The NDAP can:
- help you to build capacity to identify your needs and goals
- ensure that you understand your rights and responsibilities
- make sure that you understand your decisions and how they will affect your life
- provide support with reviews. For example, if a decision is made that you disagree with, you can request a review of that decision. In these instances the NDAP can help you participate in the review process. The NDAP can also put you in contact with a support person if you are seeking a review of a NDIS decision in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT).
As a funded NDAP and NDIS Appeals organisation, Independent Advocacy in the Tropics Inc, is able to provide Advocacy support for these regions:
> Ayr Region
> Charters Towers
> Flinders Shire
> Ingham Region (inc. Palm Island)
> Isaac Region **
> Mackay Region **
> Northern Highlands - Flinders, Richmond & Mckinlay (S)
> Whitsunday Region **
** NDIS Appeals Advocacy Support Only in these regions.