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RFVP Disability Inclusion and Safety Resource Hub

NDIS

The Disability Inclusion and Safety Resource Hub has been developed for organisations and practitioners who are working with people with disability who are experiencing or using family violence. 

The Resource Hub provides ready access to important resources that promote safety, accessibility, equity and inclusion of people with disability which can aid in reducing barriers and increasing safety.  Resources are relevant to Organisational Leaders, Specialist Family Violence and Sexual Assault Practitioners, Disability Services, Health, Family Support, Education and others.


A grassroots campaign was at the heart of the creation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). People with disability, community organisations, advocates and governments worked hard to make disability reform a reality.

In agreement with State and Territory Governments, the NDIS (which was legislated in 2013) largely replaced the pre-existing system of disability care and support that had been provided under the pre-existing National Disability Agreement (NDA). The NDIS was intended to bring specialist disability services under a single umbrella, moving away from the previous fragmented, ineffective and often unfair disability system.

The NDIS is jointly funded and governed by the Australian Government and the states and territories and is run by the Australian Government’s National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). The NDIS provides services to Australians who have a permanent or significant disability. It can also provide connections to support provided by each state and territory government.

The NDIS is also part of Australia’s efforts to meet our international human rights obligations, including under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This includes the rights of people with disability to access the community, live independently,
participate fully in all aspects of life and to have choices equal to others.

Source: Australian Government Productivity Commission, Inquiry Report (October 2011)


Applying to Access the NDIS

About this resource:The NDIS website has information on how to access the NDIS, as well as easy read resources for people with disability.

Applying this resource: For people with disability and practitioners.   

Mental Health NDIS Access Support

About this resource: The Mental Health NDIS Access Support service provides support to people with psychosocial disability to navigate access to the NDIS.  

Applying this resource: For people with disability and practitioners. 

Partners in the Community - Local Area Coordinators (LACs) – Contact details for LACs in the Eastern Region

About this resource: A quick guide to contact details for Local Area Coordinators in the Eastern Region 

Applying this resource: For people with disability and practitioners. 

NDIS Guide - Partners in the Community - LACs

About this resource: A list of Partners in the Community in Victoria.  

Applying this resource: For people with disability and practitioners. 

NDIS - guide to supporting young people

About this resource: The Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS) is an advocacy organisation that works with disabled young people who are aged 12 to 25.  

They work with disabled young people in Victoria to make sure they can speak up and are being treated fairly. They can access YDAS free advocacy service if they need advice or support.  

YDAS is a core agency of Youth Affairs Council Victoria (YACVic). YDAS was established in 2006 and is funded by the Victorian Government.  

YDAS have developed a guide for professionals working with young people wanting to access the NDIS.  

It explains the NDIS process and gives information and tools to support young people with disability to get the most from the NDIS and includes tips on how to manage the Education interface.  

Applying this resource: For practitioners supporting young people wanting to access the NDIS.   

Early Childhood Approach – Information for Professionals

About this resource: Link Community Health – Early Childhood – Information for professionals.  

Applying this resource: For practitioners working with parents who have children with disabilities.   

Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Referral form

About this resource: Link Community Health – Early Childhood Early Intervention referral form. 

Applying this resource: For practitioners working with parents who have children with disabilities.  

Early Childhood Approach Postcard

About this resource: Link Community Health – Early Childhood Early Intervention information for parents.  

Applying this resource: For practitioners working with parents who have children with disabilities.   

Koori Early Childhood Approach Postcard

About this resource: Link Community Health – Early Childhood Early Intervention information for parents from First Nations community.

Applying this resource: For practitioners working with parents who have children with disabilities.   

FVDPL Resource – NDIS Housing links

About this resource: Links to NDIS Housing platforms for NDIS participants who have relevant funding in their NDIS Plans. 

Applying this resource: For people with disabilities.   

FVDPL Resource – NDIS discharge from hospital supports

About this resource: The NDIS recognizes that sometimes a person’s disability related supports may change while they are in hospital.  In these circumstances, they may need a change to their NDIS plan so that they can have all their disability related supports to be safely discharged from hospital.  

When this happens, the NDIS will vary or reassess their plan as quickly as possible, so they don’t spend any longer than medically necessary in hospital. 

Hospital Liaison Officers  

Where an NDIS participant is admitted to hospital, hospital staff should notify the NDIA by contacting the HLO connected to their hospital.  HLOs work with hospital staff to ensure communication between the hospital and the NDIA is as fast as possible. They also make sure that we receive the right information to plan for discharge. 

Applying this resource: For people with disability and practitioners. 

Navigating the NDIS - A Tool for Family Violence & Sexual Assault Practitioners

About this resource: This tools aims to provide family violence and sexual assault practitioners with an overview of the various agencies, service providers and roles within the NDIS service system and the reasons you might contact them. It also provides information about how to make contact. 

This tool is designed to be used in combination with the “Adopting a Disability & NDIS Lens in MARAM Comprehensive Risk Assessment” and “Adopting a Disability & NDIS Lens in MARAM Comprehensive Risk Management & Safety Planning” tools. It will aid workers and 

victim-survivors to understand the NDIS service system and action the safety plan. 

Applying this resource: For Specialist Family Violence and Sexual Assault practitioners.  

Writing letters of support for the NDIS - A Tool for Family Violence & Sexual Assault Practitioners

About this resource: This tool aims to provide family violence and sexual assault workers with an explanation of the NDIS language and tips on how to write support letters related to these four key NDIS processes. We have also included some examples.  

This tool is designed to be used in combination with the “Adopting a disability & NDIS lens in MARAM Comprehensive Risk Assessment”, “Adopting a disability & NDIS lens in MARAM Comprehensive Risk Management & Safety Planning” and “Navigating the NDIS for Family Violence & Sexual Assault workers” tools. 

Applying this resource: For Specialist Family Violence and Sexual Assault practitioners.  

Getting the language right

About this resource: You can read the “Getting the Language Right” resource has been developed by the Summer Foundation for a more comprehensive overview of NDIS language and writing for various NDIS processes. 

You can also refer to the NDIS glossary of terms – https://www.ndiscommission.gov.au/resources/language-and-formats/glossary-terms 

Applying this resource: For practitioners working with people with disabilities.    

Kara Family Violence Service - A guide to accessing the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

About this resource: Kara Family Violence Service have developed a guide for people they are supporting to assist them with information around navigating access to the NDIS as well as managing their NDIS plans.

Applying this resource: For practitioners working with people with disabilities.  

NDIS commonly used forms - Change of details or change of situation

About this resource: This form can be used if 

  • A participant’s details have changed.  
  • A participant wants to change something in their current plan, for example how funding in their plan is managed. 
  • A participant’s situation has changed and their plan no longer meets their disability support needs so they want a new plan.  

Applying this resource: For practitioners supporting NDIS participants.      

NDIS commonly used forms - Request for a review of a decision

About this resource: This form can be used if: 

  • NDIS have told a participant about a decision they have made 
  • A participant does not think an NDIS decision is right and want to ask for a review 
  • A participant is directly affected by the decision or someone who has authority to ask for a review 
  • the request is within 3 months of the decision 
  • the decision is one that is reviewable under the law for the NDIS. 

Applying this resource: For practitioners working with people with disabilities.    

NDIS commonly used forms - Supporting evidence form – home and living

About this resource: This form is to tell the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) about the home and living supports a participant may need, if those supports can’t be met through their current plan, mainstream, community, informal or other supports.

Applying this resource: For practitioners supporting NDIS participants.     

NDIS Code of Conduct for Workers and Providers

About this resource: The NDIS Code of Conduct requires workers and providers delivering NDIS supports and services to do the following in providing those supports and services:  

  1. Act with respect for individual rights to freedom of expression, self-determination and decision-making in accordance with applicable laws and conventions. 
  1. Respect the privacy of people with disability. 
  1. Provide supports and services in a safe and competent manner, with care and skill. 
  1. Act with integrity, honesty and transparency. 
  1. Promptly take steps to raise and act on concerns about matters that may impact the quality and safety of supports and services provided to people with disability. 
  1. Take all reasonable steps to prevent and respond to all forms of violence against, and exploitation, neglect and abuse of, people with disability. 
  1. Take all reasonable steps to prevent and respond to sexual misconduct.

Applying this resource: For practitioners supporting NDIS participants.       

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