The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is delivering the best support possible to assist people with disability in exercising their right to choice and control.
One of the ways this is done is through a partnership with local community organisations who assist the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) in working with consumers to access NDIS supports.
These Local Area Coordinators (LACs) are organisations with a deep understanding and knowledge of disability and its impact on individuals, families and carers. They have highly developed one-on-one and public communication skills, relationship building, planning, negotiation and interpersonal skills.
LACs have three key roles:
linking you to the NDIS
providing you with information and support in the community and
working with your local community to make sure it’s both welcoming and inclusive for people with disability.
For many people LACs are the main contact point for the NDIS.
Once your request to be part of NDIS has been approved, you will be notified and a LAC will contact you to arrange a planning meeting. The LAC will work with you to put your plan together and will send it to the NDIA for approval.
It’s important to remember that while the LAC puts your plan together and submits your plan, they don’t approve them. This is the responsibility of the NDIA.
Once approved, the LAC also helps you put your plan into action, known as plan implementation and they will ensure you maintain the supports in your NDIS plan while helping achieve your goals.
The LAC will help you understand your plan, choose and connect with service providers, explore and link you with community and mainstream options and re-assess your supports with you and your family as your plan progresses.
LACs are your key contact in discussing your NDIS plan and answering any questions you may have and they will help you evaluate your current supports during your annual plan reviews.
They also play an important role in helping people find culturally appropriate support services and connecting communities in rural and remote areas to NDIS support.