​​​This guide has been developed for people with an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) or Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), and their carers and families. It has been written for people with these acquired disabilities who will require support from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

This guide has been designed to help you understand how to  access the NDIS, and what other mainstream and community support is available. There are resources you can read, watch, download or listen to. Whether you are still in hospital or already at home, we hope this leaves you with greater understanding and confidence you will get an NDIS plan suited to your needs.

We have structured this information to follow My NDIS pathway:

  • What is the NDIS?
  • Can I access the NDIS?
  • Creating my plan
  • Using my plan
  • Reviewing my plan

If the NDIS is new to you, it can be a lot to take in. We suggest you work through the NDIS process one step at a time.

If you’d like to find out more about the pathway before getting started, watch this video:​​


We have provided links to resources on the official NDIS and NDIS in NSW sites. However, information can change. One of the reasons this project came about was feedback from patients, participants and their carers about the volume of information available online and in the media. Be aware that some information out there may not be correct, or may not apply to you or your family member’s situation. If in doubt, please speak with a professional who knows you or your family member and can guide you to the right information.

NDIS Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) grants program

NSW Health, in partnership with consumer and carer peak bodies and selected NGOs, received an award under the NDIS Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) grants program. The vision is to build capacity for people with an acquired brain injury or spinal cord injury, and their families, to navigate the NDIS and understand what other supports are available. ​​

Page Updated: Wednesday 8 May 2019
Contact page owner: Government Relations