What is the NDIS

What is the NDIS

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) supports people with a permanent and significant disability, which affects their ability to take part in everyday activities. The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) implements the NDIS.

The NDIS supports people with a disability through:

  • Providing a lifetime approach to managing their disability
  • Building skills and capacity to participate in and have access to their community

 The NDIS will fund reasonable and necessary supports that help people with disability achieve their goals.

If a person is currently receiving disability services, they will be contacted before their region is scheduled to transition to the NDIS. If they are not currently receiving services, they will be able to apply to access the NDIS, when it becomes available in their region during the staged roll-out across Australia.

People with Disability who are ineligible to apply for individual funding through the NDIS will receive support through the Information, linkages and capacity building (ILC) streams. 

To better understand how the NDIS supports people with disability, their families and carers, see the NDIS Website: https://www.ndis.gov.au


To be eligible for the NDIS, a person must:

  • Have a significant and permanent disability that substantially reduces their functional capacity, or they need access to early intervention supports
  • Live in an area where the NDIS has begun
  • Meet the age requirements for that area, during the staged roll-out across Australia
  • Be an Australian citizen, a permanent resident, or a protected Special Category Visa holder
  • Be under the age of 65

How to apply

Step 1. Fill in the NDIS Access Checklist

Step 2. Contact the NDIA for an Access request form on 1800 800 110

Step 3: If you are a Mental Health carer, please click on this link for additional information and tips for communicating about psychosocial disability during the access assessment phase.

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