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NDIS Common Terminology

National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) – the governing body responsible for implementing the NDIS.

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) – is the name of the insurance scheme

Reasonable and Necessary - In order to be considered reasonable and necessary, a support must be related to the participant’s disability; not include day-to-day living costs that are not related to a participant’s disability support needs; represent value for money; be likely to be effective and beneficial to the participant, and take into account informal supports given to participants by families, carers, networks, and the community. Click here for more information on what are considered reasonable and necessary supports under the NDIS.

Local Area Coordinator (LAC) - Local Area Coordinators conduct community capacity and awareness building activities, and assist, if necessary, in the coordination and sourcing of participant supports.

Local Area Coordinator (LAC) in some states is different -  in some states the LAC is actually the person who has the planning meeting/discussion with you, collects your data and then submit that information to the NDIS planner to prepare your plan.

Access Request - A formal request by an individual for a determination of eligibility to access the scheme. This includes all requests and is not unique to single participants.

My First Plan – Is the start of a participants NDIS journey and the first plan will last for 12 months.  This plan may include the formal or informal supports and services they currently receive, as well as any supports or services they need now to help them achieve their goals before their next plan.  It will allow them time to learn about the processes, their options and consider goals before their next plan.


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