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 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 apply for an External Merits Review (EMR).

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 can include:

Helping you fill out the form to apply for an External Merits Review 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

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

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

Health and Disability Service  Complaints Office

Office of Public Advocate

State Administrative Tribunal




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