FACT SHEET: The NDIS for people aged 65 and over

Factsheet The NDIS for people aged 65 and over

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This fact sheet explains what the NDIS means for people with disability aged 65 and over.

  • If you are aged 65 years and over, you are not eligible to access the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
  • If you are aged 65 years and over, and you currently receive disability supports, you will not be disadvantaged. You will continue to receive supports that achieve similar outcomes to those you currently receive.

What happens to my supports if I am aged 65 years or over when the NDIS is implemented?

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is the agency responsible for determining NDIS eligibility. To become an NDIS participant, you must meet residency and disability or early intervention access requirements and be under 65 years when you enter the NDIS.

NSW is working closely with the Commonwealth to finalise the Continuity of Support (CoS) transitional working arrangements.

We expect the CoS programme will be introduced in the Hunter New England, Nepean Blue Mountains and Southern NSW from 1 December 2016 and will be fully in place across all of NSW by 1 July 2018.

You are not required to do anything at this stage and services will continue as normal.

The important thing for people with disability aged 65 years and over to know is that if you are currently receiving specialist disability supports, you will not be disadvantaged. You will continue to receive supports that achieve similar outcomes to those you currently receive.

If you are 65 years and over and do not currently receive specialist disability support, or you are diagnosed with a disability after the age of 65 years, you will receive support from the Commonwealth aged care system.

What happens if I turn 65 years after I become an NDIS participant?

If you turn 65 years after you have become an NDIS participant you will have a choice. You can either continue to receive disability supports in the NDIS or receive supports through the Commonwealth aged care system.

What happens to my supports if I choose to continue as a participant in the NDIS after I turn 65 years?

Nothing. Your supports continue as they did before you were 65 years of age.

Where can I get more information?

To find out more information, contact the Department of Health on email CommonwealthCoS@health.gov.au.

You can also speak to your service provider for more information.

Service providers can contact their local FACS Contract Manager or email the Commonwealth directly at CommonwealthCoS@health.gov.au.