NDIS and Disability Benefits Clinic

What is the NDIS and Disability Benefits Clinic?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and Disability Benefits Clinic will provide students with the opportunity to undertake advice and representation work for people with disabilities, their families and carers. Students will engage one-to-one with clients or may be providing legal information sessions to a group of clients. Students will be engaged in all aspects of the Clinic’s operation and will work under the guidance and supervision of the Clinic Supervisor to provide information and resolve issues presented by clients. Depending on the needs of the client groups students may also have the opportunity to develop and present community legal education on NDIS related issues.

Aims

The NDIS and Disability Benefits Clinic will enhance students’ understanding of the NDIS Act and other disability benefits related law and practice. Students will also develop fundamental legal skills of general application such as client interviewing, file and practice management, research and writing and public engagement. Examples of matters that may be dealt with by the NDIS and Disability Benefits Clinic include: NDIS eligibility, managing NDIS plans, appealing decisions under the NDIS, and legal issues related to disability support pensions.

Students will be required to undertake a one-day intensive orientation before the start of semester, which will include seminars on fundamental legal skills and the NDIS. In addition, one 3-hour seminar will be organised in each of the first two weeks of semester to cover topics of relevance to the NDIS and Disability Benefits Clinic. Further seminars or guest speakers may be organised during the course of the semester as appropriate. Students will be required to attend two half-day clinic sessions per week (one full day total per week). During their clinic work time, students will also take part in debrief sessions with an MLS academic and the Clinic supervisor, where students will evaluate their progress and discuss their reflections on the law in practice and their own role.

How do I apply?

Please email law-wil@unimelb.edu.au to express an interest