Funding boost for participants seeking a review of NDIS decisions

The State Government’s 2018-19 budget included funding for the Murdoch Drive extension, the Melville SHS performance centre and a new birthing centre at Fiona Stanley Hospital.
The State Government’s 2018-19 budget included funding for the Murdoch Drive extension, the Melville SHS performance centre and a new birthing centre at Fiona Stanley Hospital.

THE Midland Information Debt and Legal Advocacy Service (Midlas) has secured $71,000 in funding to support NDIS participants seeking a review of funding package decisions by the National Disability Insurance Agency.

It is part of the Federal Government’s commitment of $5 million in additional funding to the National Disability Insurance Scheme appeals’ providers nationally.

Families and Social Services Minister Paul Fletcher said the funding will help NDIS participants and applicants in the Midland area to ensure NDIA decisions are fair and robust.

“NDIS Appeals has been set up to ensure that NDIS applicants and participants have access to support when seeking a review of decisions in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT),” he said.

“With the additional funding, there is now over $10 million in funding in 2019-20 provided to over 40 advocacy agencies in all states and territories to provide the support person services.

“While the focus of NDIS Appeals is advocacy support, funding for legal services is available for cases with complex legal issues, or where the applicant does not have the capacity to self-represent.”

Federal Member for Hasluck Ken Wyatt welcomed the funding announcement.

“NDIS Appeals provides an avenue for assistance to NDIS applicants and participants to get help from an advocate to navigate the review process,” he said.

“These services can include explaining the review process, helping to prepare documents and providing advice and skills for better representation, and Midlas has the capability to perform these functions well and efficiently in order to build a stronger local community.”