Working in the NDIS: An Operational Workshop


Date: 31 Mar
Time: 8:30 AM -5:00 PM
Venue: Mantra Bell City, Preston
215 Bell Street
Preston VIC
Cost: AU $ 350 (Inc. GST)
CPD Points: 8 points in Accredited Activity Category

Registrations Open:
8th Feb 17 7:00 AM

Registrations Close:
31st Mar 17 9:00 AM

Working in the NDIS: An Operational Workshop for Orthotist/Prosthetists

Attendees will attain the necessary skills to prepare, register and begin providing services with the NDIS.

Join AOPA for a full-day workshop and discover how to:

  • Register as a provider
  • Comply with NDIS requirements, including national and state quality and safeguard provisions
  • Understand participant plans
  • Use the provider portal
  • Provide services
  • Correctly quote and provide clinical justifications
  • Troubleshoot issues


Ashley Morphet

Ashley has almost 15 years’ experience in the field of Orthotics and Prosthetics. He has worked in a variety of roles across public health, private practice, acute care, rehabilitation, management, education, research and international development. He has contributed to published papers in peer reviewed journals, and is actively involved in a number of committees, teams and roles with the AOPA and ISPO. He joined the NDIA in 2016 as the Subject Matter Expert in Prosthetics & Orthotics. He is now based in the Geelong National Office, where he provides assistance to delegates around reasonable and necessary decision making

Kate Agus

Kate has almost 35 years’ experience in the field of Physiotherapy and disability care. She has worked primarily in the field of musculoskeletal physiotherapy, with extensive experience in acute hospital settings and chronic conditions through private practice. Kate has worked as a clinical educator, and spent 14 years working for CRS Australia providing assessment services to assist people with a disability into employment. She joined the NDIA in 2014 and has worked as a planner, team leader, and now Assistant Director where she supervises Subject Matter Experts from a variety of fields and backgrounds.

Paul Sprague

Paul has spent the majority of his career working in private practice, in the provision of orthoses for children and adults with mobility impairment. With practices based in Western Australia and Victoria, he has been providing services to NDIS participants for two years. Paul has followed the progress of the NDIS roll-out closely through his involvement in private practice, and in his role as Vice-Chair of the AOPA Board. He is optimistic that the NDIS can meet it's goals, primarily by improving social and economic participation of Australians with a disability, and also by encouraging growth in the size and quality of the disability service provision sector.

LIAM Rodger

Liam has almost 7 years’ experience in the Victorian and Australian Public Service. With a background in public policy and management, he has worked in a variety of roles across the public service, and tertiary sector. Liam joined the NDIA in 2013, and has worked in several areas including Service Delivery, Operations, and Markets and Providers. Most recently has been working as a delegate in the Provider Registration Team reviewing individual and organisations’ applications to become registered providers for the NDIS.

Further speakers to be announced.


Download the program here.

1.Introduction to the NDIS

Develop an in-depth understanding of the purpose of the NDIS as well as when it will roll-out in your area. Speakers will examine and explain the role of providers, local area coordinators (LAC), existing state schemes and the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).

2. An Ordinary Life

Gain a further understanding of the principles that determine the operation of the NDIS, including the 'ordinary life' and the benefits to consumers and the community.

3.Governing Principles of the NDIS

The NDIS will outline the governing principles of the NDIS including the insurance approach, the types of support, the NDIS Act and Rules and the operational guidelines. The interface between Federal and State Governments and relevant outcomes will be addressed.

4. The Participant Pathway

Learn about the participant pathway through the NDIS including access, goal setting, plan creation and service agreements with providers.

5. Preparing and Registering as a Provider

Attendees will attain the necessary skills to begin preparing for the NDIS and understand the business opportunities that the NDIS presents. Speakers will facilitate a step-by-step guide to registration, including authentication, creating a myplace account, selecting the correct registration groups and understanding the declaration of suitability.

6. Using the Provider Portal

Discover how to use the provider portal from an experienced orthotic and prosthetic provider. Learn how to create and accept a service booking, provide services, submit a payment request, receive payment, make changes and close service bookings.

7. Scheme Rules and Limitations

Consider the operational rules and principles that inform the NDIS and the implication for orthotic and prosthetic services. Hear about the interface and intersection between the NDIS, health and employment.

8. Quoting and Clinical Justification Find out how to correctly use the AOPA clinical justification and quoting tools as well as the P&O Assessment Templates. Hear about the support request review process and understand correct prescription practices.
9. Conclusion and Questions Get answers to your final questions and understand AOPA’s role in providing feedback. Discover when and how to contact the NDIS.

Subject to change.


This full-day workshop will take place on the 31st of March at Mantra Bell City. Located just 20 minutes from Melbourne at 215 Bell St Preston.

The Mantra have provided a reduced accommodation rate for attendees of the NDIS Workshop. One-bed Manhattan rooms are available for $145.00 per night. To redeem this offer, make a booking direct with the Mantra and use the code 'AOPA Conference'. Call the reservations team on (03) 9485 0380 or email


This is an AOPA member-only event. AOPA members will be required to login to register.

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