Disability Advocacy Service

Midlas disability advocates provide individual advocacy, guidance and support to people with a disability, their carers and families. They can assist by:

  • Supporting you with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) process – including testing eligibility, completion of forms and liaising with your NDIS Planner
  • Attending meetings, making calls, writing letters and completing forms for you
  • Liaising with Centrelink and supporting applications for payments
  • Making and supporting you with applications for orders at the State Administrative Tribunal
  • Providing information about and referrals to community organisations/supports
  • Applying for grants to access equipment

Midlas disability advocates can also assist when you disagree with a decision 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 appeal the decision. 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 the NDIA. Assistance from Midlas can include:

  • Helping you fill out the form to apply for an appeal of your NDIA decision
  • 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

Midlas Publications

Youth With Disability Forum Report 2017

Useful Forms

Claim for disability support pension

NDIS access request for NDIA

Application for internal review of NDIS decisions

Useful Links

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

National Disability Insurance Scheme – My Way

Disability Services Commission

NDIA Appeals Information (formerly EMR-SC)

NDIA Appeals (formerly EMR-SC)

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

Health and Disability Service Complaints Office

Office of Public Advocate

State Administrative Tribunal

No Silly Questions Booklet
A practical guide for families living with a child with chronic illness, disability, mental illness or a life threatening condition