Autism@Work pilot and NDIS

NDIS Partners in Community program

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has confirmed that they would like to participate in the Autism@Work pilot program and can engage with you through the Partners in Community program, in particular, the Local Area Coordinators (LACs) in your region. LACs can build relationships with participating providers, families and the local community to improve understanding of employment needs of autistic jobseekers.  

The aims of engaging NDIS in the pilot, are:

  • To connect participating pilot DES sites with their local area coordinator to create or enhance a collaborative working relationship
  • Autistic participants and their families to have greater clarity and understanding of NDIS to enable them to access the workplace support they need to successfully get or keep employment. 
  • to simplify the interface between DES and the NDIS, allowing the DES and NDIS systems to work effectively together to maximise employment opportunities for autistic jobseekers.

Working with NDIS Local Area Coordinators (LACs)

  • LACs can help you to understand the NDIS. LACs and planners should have accurate and up-to-date knowledge of the range of employment supports that can be offered through an NDIS plan.
  • LACs can offer guidance and workshops for providers and participants to better understand the NDIS.
  • LACs can work with participants to create plans (to include employment supports) as well as other independent living and social connectedness supports.
  • LACs work with participants to implement their plans and connect participants to their local communities.

How do you register for NDIS?

If you meet the criteria and you would like to become a NDIS participant, you can either:

  1. Call 1800 800 110 and ask to make an Access Request.
  2. complete and submit the Access Request Form and send by email to NAT@ndis.gov.au or.
  3. contact your local LAC or NDIA office.

More information on who your local area coordinators are:

https://www.ndis.gov.au/understanding/what-ndis/whos-rolling-out-ndis/lac-partners-communityhttps://www.ndis.gov.au/understanding/ndis-each-state