How: now a reality

Since July 2014 we have seen more than 180 people living with multiple sclerosis access NDIS throughout the Barwon, Hunter and ACT trials — and this number is growing every day, as the Hunter and ACT trials are still bringing people into the Scheme.

The Scheme is changing people’s lives. Learn more by reading our participant stories People who live in the trial sites have been going through a set process to access NDIS — see our ‘A guide to accessing NDIS’ fact sheet for more information. You can also learn more about the process at

We have been helping people access the Scheme by building their confidence to talk about their goals and needs, and helping them consider the opportunities of the Scheme. Our checklists can help both people living with multiple sclerosis and NDIA planners to prepare for their NDIS conversations.

We are also here to support the appeal process if you aren't able to access NDIS, or any decisions around reasonable and necessary supports.

We are having conversations about the impacts of the NDIS with the MS community all across ACT, NSW and Victoria, both in and outside the trial sites — to help people understand what this could mean for them.

We’ve also been educating NDIA about the needs of people living with multiple sclerosis, and in particular the sometimes invisible symptoms. This has led to great improvements in the planning process, and better support outcomes for the person living with multiple sclerosis.

Preparation for the full rollout in 2016 is well and truly underway. Commitment from both sides of Commonwealth, State and Territory governments remains.

We anticipate the access process will be similar when the Scheme is fully rolled out in 2016. We’ve been told the timetable for full scheme rollout will be known in July 2015. This will give us the detail of what, when and how each state and territory will roll out the Scheme.

The timetable for the full scheme rollout will look different in each state and territory due to the bilateral agreements between the Commonwealth and State and Territory governments.

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