Disability Advocacy Service 

Provides individual advocacy, guidance and support to people with a disability, their carers and families so that they can engage in full and equal enjoyment of all human rights enabling full community participation. Disability Advocates can assist by:

–  Supporting with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) process – including testing eligibility, completion of forms, liaising with NDIS Planner

–  Attending meetings, making calls and assistance with writing letters and completing forms

–  Liaising with Centrelink and assisting with applications for payments

–  Applications for orders with the State Administrative Tribunal

–  General information and referrals to community organisations/supports

–  Assistance in applying for grants to access equipment

External Merits Review

Midlas disability advocates can assist when you disagree with a decision/s that the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has made and would like it reviewed. This decision can relate to your application to the NDIS or funding within your plan. . If you have gone through an Internal Review with NDIA and still believe the decision was not fair, you can apply for an External Merits Review (EMR). Midlas has funding to assist as an independent advocate if you wish for help with the process.

It is the role of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal to make the decision about the things you want reviewed. They are independent and separate from NDIA.

Assistance can include:

  • Helping you fill out the form to apply for an External Merits Review;
  • Referral to Legal Aid assistance if eligible;
  • Support during meetings to ensure that your voice is heard.

What to bring to your appointment

– Centrelink Income Statement

– NDIS Plan and any correspondence relating to NDIS if applicable

– Guardianship/administration orders

– Any information relating to the need for advocacy assistance

Useful Forms

Claim for disability support pension 
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NDIS access request for NDIA 
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Application for internal review of NDIS decisions 
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Useful Links

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

National Disability Insurance Scheme – My Way

Disability Services Commission

Disability Advocacy Services in Western Australia

External Merits Review Information

External Merits Review – Support Component

National Disability Advocacy Program (NDAP)

Appeals through Administrative Appeals Tribunal

NDAP Service Providers Search – outside Midlas’ disability advocacy area

Complaints Resolution and Referral Service – for complaints about disability employment and advocacy services






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