Independent Mental Health Advocacy

Worksheet – Applying for the NDIS

It's important to prepare before you start collecting supporting evidence. You will need to understand how your psychosocial disability impacts your life. This is what the NDIS calls your 'functional capacity'. Your functional capacity must link to the NDIS activity domains.

In this worksheet we will ask you some questions to help you gather your supporting evidence. There are questions to help you prepare for your appointment as well as advocate at your appointment.

You can use this worksheet in different ways. For example, you can enter text in the boxes. If you’d like to express yourself in another way, for example visually – then leave the box blank before printing it.

Speaking up for what you want can be challenging. You can use the IMHA self-advocacy modelExternal Link in combination with this worksheet to help you let people know what it is you want.

Use the print function to print this page or save it as a PDF. There is no option to send this information and it will not be saved by the website.

Please check the box next to any questions you would like to answer and a text box will appear.

Preparing for your appointment

The following questions will help you understand how your psychosocial disability impacts your life. You can take this information to your clinician to help them produce your supporting documentation.

NDIS activity domain - Mobility

NDIS activity domain - Communication

NDIS activity domain - Social interaction

NDIS activity domain - Self-management

NDIS activity domain - Self-care

NDIS activity domain - Learning

Advocating at your appointment

You can let your health professionals know about the Mental Health Professional Online Development (MHPOD) learning portalExternal Link . It has a section called NDIS for Mental Health Clinicians. There they can find lots of information, resources and templates they can use to support you with your application.

You can also let them know that The Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council has a guide toSupporting People with Mental Health Needs to Access the NDISExternal Link for medical and allied health professionals.

Tips for co-creating supporting evidence

Other resources

You can now print/save your choices. Once you have applied, you will be notified of the outcome of your application within 21 days. If you have been successful, you can then move to the Setting my goals section of this toolkit. If you have not been successful, you can choose to either:

Reviewed 23 November 2022

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