The NDIS supports people with significant and permanent disability that affects how they can independently take part in everyday activities.
By developing individualised and personal support plans with NDIS participants, the Scheme takes into account the circumstances of families and carers as well as the person with disability.
To receive an individualised support plan you must meet certain eligibility criteria:
- you have a significant and permanent disability. This can include a disability that is ‘episodic’, meaning that some days are more affected by it than others
- you are an Australian citizen, a permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen who holds a Protected Special Category Visa
- you are younger than 65 when you make a formal request to join the NDIS (once you are in though, you have the NDIS for life)
NDIS Access Checklist
An accessible on-line list of questions, the Access Checklist, will tell you in a few minutes if the NDIS will be likely to support you.
It checks information about you, your age, where you live and any supports you may need to live your life. It is an easy needs-based assessment, rather than ruling in or out based on a specific type of disability.
Don’t worry if the NDIS isn’t in your area right away, as it’s rolling out across Australia over the next few years your existing supports will continue until then.