Let's translate some common 'NDIS language' terms:
Formal supports – supports you pay for, like physiotherapy or a carer.
Informal supports – supports you don’t pay for, like a family member taking you to work or making your meals.
Mainstream services – services everyone (not just people with disability) have access to.
Nominee – a person who is appointed to act and make decisions for a participant who does not have a parent or guardian (see our blog post on guardianship orders).
Participant – someone who has an NDIS Plan and receives funding under the NDIS.
Respite - short-term accommodation
Registered provider – a disability support provider that has met the NDIS requirements for qualifications, approvals, experience, capacity and quality standards to provide a product or service. For example, Bedford is a registered NDIS provider.
Service agreement - A service agreement is a legal contract between you and the service provider that sets out what service/s they will provide and how much it will cost.
DSP – Disability support pension
LAC – Local Area Coordinator
NDS – National Disability Services (the Australian peak body for non-government disability services)
NDIA – National Disability Insurance Agency
10 Oct 2017