11 Common NDIS Phrases and What they Mean

11 Common NDIS Phrases and What they Mean
January 10, 2020 Bespoke Lifestyles

When it comes to deciphering NDIS paperwork, information and pamphlets, it can get pretty challenging to keep track of all the different phrases, words and definitions. To help you out, we’ve decided to compile a list of 10 common NDIS terms with easy-to-understand definitions:

Access Request Form

This is the form which people with a disability fill out to find out if they are eligible to become an NDIS participant.


Carers are often a family member of a participant who provides emotional, physical and mental support. Carers cannot be a paid or voluntary worker.

First Plan

An NDIS participant’s plan documents their goals and the kinds of support they need to work towards the outlined objectives. A first plan is what happens at the beginning of a participant’s engagement with NDIS and outlines the beginning of their journey.

Formal Supports

This is the kind of support that participants pay for or book.


Guardians are often (but not always) the parents of a participant. Guardians are engaged in a formal caring role in which they act for the participant.

Informal Supports

Informal support is when a participant receives any kind of help, advice or assistance – mental or physical- from those people around them, eg. family, friends, neighbours or partner.

Local Area Coordinators

These are local organisations that work in conjunction with the NDIA to help participants, families and carers in the local area gain access to the NDIS. These coordinators help people with a disability to connect with support services and also assist with the creation and management of their plans.


Nominees are appointed to make decisions and act on behalf of a participant in the absence of a parent or guardian.

Participant Statement

This statement gives information on the NDIS participant’s life such as a description of their daily life, their short term goals, their long term goals, the support they have in their life, their relationships and living arrangements.

Person with Disability

A person with disability is defined as anyone with impairments, participation restrictions (unable to participate in aspects of family, community and social life) and activity limitations (struggles to participate in common, age-appropriate activities).


Each NDIS participant has their own unique plan. This plan is a written agreement and features the needs, goals and reasonable necessary supports of the participant which the NDIS will fund.

At Bespoke Lifestyles, we are a not-for-profit company as well as a registered NDIS provider. Our mission is to enable people with a disability to live rewarding and fulfilling lives.

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