MORE ADVOCACY AND SUPPORT FOR NDIS PARTICIPANTS IN MIDLAND

MORE ADVOCACY AND SUPPORT FOR NDIS PARTICIPANTS IN MIDLAND

The Morrison Government has announced over $5 million in additional funding to National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Appeals providers nationally, offering more advocacy and support for people with disability.

Minister for Families and Social Services, Paul Fletcher today announced additional funding of $71,000 to Midland Information Debt and Legal Advocacy Service (MIDLAS) to assist NDIS participants and applicants in the Midland area to ensure National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) decisions are fair and robust.

“NDIS Appeals has been set up to ensure that NDIS applicants and participants have access to support when seeking a review of decisions in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT),” Mr Fletcher said.

“With the additional funding there is now over $10 million in funding in 2019-20 provided to over 40 advocacy agencies in all states and territories to provide the support person services.

“While the focus of NDIS Appeals is advocacy support, funding for legal services is available for cases with complex legal issues, or where the applicant does not have the capacity to self-represent.”

Before accessing NDIS Appeals services, you need to apply to the NDIA for an internal review. If you are unhappy with the outcome of the internal review you can apply to the AAT for an external review and access support through the NDIS Appeals services.

Federal Member for Hasluck, Ken Wyatt MP, welcomed the Morrison Government’s funding to much needed assistance and advocacy support in the Midland area.

“NDIS Appeals provides an avenue for assistance to NDIS applicants and participants to get help from an advocate to navigate the review process,” Mr Wyatt said.

“These services can include explaining the review process, helping to prepare documents and providing advice and skills for better representation, and MIDLAS has the capability to perform these functions well and efficiently in order to build a stronger local community.”

More information on NDIS Appeals can be found on the Department of Social Services website.