What is an Access Request Form?

Rohan Mathew

For those about to deal with the NDIS, or perhaps already dealing with them, it may be the case that you have been required to provide an access request form. There are a few reasons why such a form needs to be supplied, and there are also a few steps involved, but on the whole it is not at all a difficult experience. In this article, we take a look at what you need to do to create your own access request form for the NDIS.

Why do you need to provide an access request form?

The primary purpose of filling out an NDIS access request form is to apply for services related to the NDIS. It will require you to both fill out your basic information, as well as provide supporting information and evidence in relation to your disability. It is possible to also apply on behalf of a child under the age of seven, but if you are otherwise a person aged between 7 and 65 years and have a disability, it’s important to remember that there are certain access requirements that must be met. In the event that you believe that you do qualify for the requirements that the NDIS proposes, you may apply by either calling up the NDIS and making a Verbal Access Request or by filling out the Access Request Form by hand and sending it to the NDIS (this can be downloaded in PDF form from the website and printed out). It might also be important to ensure that you follow up with your GP or treating healthcare professional if they are required to fill out certain sections of the Access Request Form. 

What supporting information do you need to submit an Access Request Form?

Those looking to submit an Access Request Form will need to provide a certain amount of evidence in order to qualify. Although you might need to provide some evidence related to your disability, this will obviously differ to a wide extent between people, but there are a few things that are consistent that must be remembered, regardless of the applicant. Typical support material will include information that includes your age, place of residence and your disability or need for early intervention. Then, when all of the sections of the Access Request Form have been filled out, signed and dated and with all health supporting information attached, you will then be able to return your form and follow the next steps. If possible, it is also recommended that you also submit an email address so as to stay up to date with how your application is proceeding during every stage.

It’s alright to take your time

Some people may become stressed out when filling out their Access Request Form, but there’s no reason at all why you shouldn’t just take your time where possible. The NDIS also offer support for those struggling with their application, and it is possible to ring up the nearest NDIS office to seek help specifically for where you need it. Remember, you shouldn’t have to feel pressured – by taking your time, you’ll be able to more confidently fill in your form and get all of the important details right the first time round.