Tutti and the NDIS

What is the NDIS?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of providing financial support to Australians with a permanent and significant disability. People who are eligible will develop an individual NDIS Plan which will cover the costs of the reasonable and necessary support products and services that they need to live their day-to-day life.

How do I apply for the NDIS?

If you are an Australian citizen with a permanent disability, aged under 65, currently living in South Australia, you may apply for NDIS funding by calling 1800 800 110.

They will ask you to send in evidence of your disability in a form (the Access Request Form) completed by your doctor or health professional. The form asks what your primary disability is and whether you have any other impairments, and how long have you had these disabilities. You might say “an intellectual disability”. The form also asks about any help you need (such as learning new things, transport and support for daily living).

What happens after I apply?

If you are eligible for the NDIS, the next step is a planning meeting with someone from the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) which operates the NDIS. If you would like to include a Tutti program in your plan, please make a time to speak with Tutti’s NDIS Transition Project Officer, Sophie Laguna, BEFORE your planning meeting. Sophie will talk with you about how Tutti programs can fit into NDIS plans and what the costs are likely to be.

If your application was rejected, you can appeal it and apply again, but you may need to provide more evidence of your impairment and support needs.

How do Tutti programs fit within the NDIS?

Tutti Arts programs can help you achieve your personal goals, especially goals like improving social skills, and learning new skills to develop your arts practice. Tutti programs usually fit within the Increased Social & Community Participation category of NDIS Capacity-Building funding. Tutti programs are usually provided as a group activity, but one-on-one skills development is available for all art-forms by negotiation.

Tutti Arts is a registered NDIS provider which means you can use NDIS funding for Tutti programs whether your plan is agency-managed, plan-managed or self-managed.

The following Tutti programs are NDIS-ready:

Film & New Media
Performing Arts
Visual Arts
Kids & Youth
Company AT autistic theatre

Once you have been allocated NDIS funding, if you wish to use it to participate in a Tutti Arts program, you will need to make a “Service Agreement” with Tutti. We will talk with you and your family / carers / support staff / advocate to create a service agreement specific to your goals and needs.

Where can I find more information?

Tutti has developed an information sheet about the NDIS. Just click on the link below to open it as a Adobe PDF file.

–          Overview of the NDIS process

There is also lots of information on the official NDIS website: www.ndis.gov.au

Who do I contact at Tutti?

If you have questions about the NDIS process, you can call Sophie Laguna, Project Officer – NDIS Transition, on 8422 6511 or email Sophie.Laguna@tutti.org.au

If you have questions about accessing Tutti programs, you can call Dorothy O’Brien, Disability & Quality Manager, on 8422 6510 or email Dorothy.Obrien@tutti.org.au