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March 18, 2024 | YourAT

How to Collect and Prepare Your Evidence for an NDIS Application

Navigating the application process for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) can be challenging. Gathering the right evidence is critical to demonstrate eligibility for support effectively. In this post, we’ll explore the key steps to collect and prepare evidence for your NDIS application, ensuring you meet the requirements set forth by the NDIA.

Understanding What Evidence You Need

First and foremost, you must understand what type of evidence is required. The NDIS seeks to confirm the existence and permanence of a disability and its impact on daily life. Proper documentation will include detailed reports from treating health professionals, outlining both the disability and the treatments undertaken. This evidence should be recent and from a professional who has been treating you for at least six months​ (NDIS)​.

Selecting the Right Health Professional

Choosing the correct health professional to document your disability is paramount. Depending on your condition, this could be a general practitioner, a specialist like a neurologist or psychiatrist, or a pediatrician for children. These professionals should provide a comprehensive view of your disability, ensuring that all reports are thorough and reflect the current status and needs​ (NDIS)​.

How to Document Your Disability

Documentation should be thorough and precise. It should clearly illustrate how your disability affects various aspects of your life, such as mobility, communication, and self-care. If you’re a parent or guardian applying on behalf of a child, you’ll need to provide evidence of developmental delays from recognized educational or health professionals​ (NDIS)​.

Engaging with Local Area Coordinators

Local Area Coordinators (LACs) or early childhood partners can be invaluable in this process. They help you understand what specific evidence is needed and can guide you to the right services and professionals who can support your documentation efforts​ (NDIS)​.

Submitting Your Evidence

Once collected, your evidence must be submitted alongside the Access Request Form. This documentation needs to paint a clear picture of your disability, including treatments and their outcomes, and how it impacts your daily functioning. Make sure all the documents are up-to-date and relevant to your current condition​ (NDIS)​.

Importance of Current and Detailed Reports

It’s crucial that all evidence provided is no older than 12 months to ensure that it accurately reflects your current needs. Detailed function reports should be specific, explaining how the disability affects each functional domain and outlining the necessary supports​ (Disability Support Project)​.


Proper preparation and collection of evidence are key to a successful NDIS application. By following these guidelines and working closely with qualified health professionals, you can significantly enhance your chances of accessing the vital support you need. Remember, detailed and current evidence is your best tool in this process.

For more information, visit the NDIS official website.

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