Self-advocacy for the national disability insurance scheme (NDIS)

Self-Advocacy for the NDIS (mental health) is a workbook that was developed following a co-design process, in partnership with Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC) and Tandem. The booklet is designed to assist NDIS participants and prospective participants to navigate the NDIS.

It covers the following topics:

  • self-advocacy
  • applying for the NDIS
  • NDIS Plans (from preparation to implementation)
  • NDIS appeals and reviews for eligibility and plans
  • supports that do not need NDIS funding
  • tips for support people

Download the workbook

Read the co-designed workbook

Self-advocacy for the NDIS
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or the accessible Word version

Self-advocacy for the NDIS Word version
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Self-Advocacy for the NDIS Learning Hub

The Learning Hub contains resources to help people with experiences of mental health issues advocate for what they want under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). It is available to NDIS workers, mental health service workers, people supporting NDIS participants, people who are considering applying for NDIS, and NDIS participants themselves.

Inside the Learning Hub, you will find:

  • eLearning modules, including ‘self-advocacy for the NDIS’
  • the Self-advocacy for the NDIS Workbook, developed in partnership with people with lived and living experience of mental health issues as well as VMIAC and Tandem and recently updated based on the NDIS Amendments Act 2022
  • IMHA’s new co-designed NDIS Mental Health Toolkit
  • training for workers who would like to run workshops on self-advocacy for the NDIS
  • information about Supported Decision-Making
  • useful resources for NDIS participants.
I am an NDIS service provider(Required)
I identify as having a lived experience of accessing mental health or disability services(Required)
I am a carer for someone on the NDIS(Required)
I am an NDIS participant or applying for the NDIS(Required)