Villamanta Disability Rights Legal Service
The Department of Social Services provides funding for advocacy services to support people with their NDIS Appeals.
Villamanta is one of the organisations that can provide this advocacy and support.
We know that the NDIS Appeals process can be difficult to understand. There are advocates funded to assist with this, but only very few advocates provide legal representation at the AAT.
For this reason, and because we have limited resources, we focus on the types of matters where we can make the most difference.
We don’t normally assist participants with their internal reviews. If you need advocacy assistance at this stage, we recommend you contact one of the other NDIS Appeals services listed here: https://www.dss.gov.au/disability-and-carers/programs-services/for-people-with-disability/ndis-appeals
There are some exceptions, and we consider these on a case by case basis, and depending on our availability at the time. The factors we consider when making exceptions include:
If you believe that you, or someone you know, really needs assistance at this stage for a reason not listed above, you can contact us to discuss.
You have 28 days from when you receive your internal review decision to lodge your AAT application. While we try to assist as many people as we can with their AAT appeal, we may not be able to assist everyone, and we may not be able to assist within the 28 days.
If you have received your internal review decision, you can:
We will always try to assist people in the following groups at the earliest stage possible:
A matter involving complex support needs, practice coaching and transport.
Read more here: http://www.villamanta.org.au/news/castledine-and-national-disability-insurance-agency/
A case about whether the NDIS needs to consider all your disability, or just what they call the “primary” one.
Read more here: http://www.villamanta.org.au/news/statement-regarding-nvwc-and-national-disability-insurance-agency/
A case about whether prism glasses are reasonable and necessary supports under the NDIS
See the decision here: http://www7.austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/viewdoc/au/cases/cth/AATA/2017/1815.html
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