NDIS eligibility

Disabled child using a walking aid

If the National Disability Insurance Scheme is available in your area, the first step you need to take is to find out if you meet the access requirements, which are available on the national NDIS website.

You are eligible for the NDIS if you:

  • are under 65 when you make your application
  • are an Australian Citizen or resident or permanent visa holder
  • meet the disability or early intervention requirements
  • are aged 65 years and over you will not be eligible for the NDIS. In most cases, you will receive support through the Commonwealth Aged Care System.

Please note, people currently receiving specialist disability supports in NSW who meet the age and disability eligibility requirements for the NDIS will be able to access the NDIS in NSW, regardless of their residential or visa status.

The National Disability Insurance Agency is the agency responsible for implementing the NDIS and determining your eligibility for access to the NDIS.

If you have any questions regarding eligibility, you can contact the National Disability Insurance Agency directly on 1800 800 110 to submit an Access Request Form, or visit the national NDIS website.

How do I know if I am eligible for the NDIS?

The NDIA set the access requirements to determine participants eligibility.

To help you understand if you are eligible under the scheme, the NDIS website contains a tool called NDIS Access Checklist.

Who will decide if I can access the NDIS?

The NDIA determines individual eligibility for the NDIS. The NDIA is the national agency responsible for running the NDIS.

Some people, such as those in supported accommodation, will go through a simplified eligibility process. You can check our postcode finder for more information about when the NDIS will be available in your area.

If you are eligible and become a participant in the NDIS, an NDIA planner will  meet with you to discuss your goals and aspirations.

What if I am not eligible for an individualised NDIS support package?

No one will be disadvantaged in the move to the NDIS. People who had been receiving state funded specialist disability support, but are not eligible for the NDIS, will maintain the same outcomes they received before the NDIS through arrangements including Information Linkage and Capacity Building supports. They will transition to alternative arrangements over time.

If you are not eligible for an individualised NDIS supports package, you may be able to access the NDIS Information, Linkages and Capacity Building supports.

Under these supports, for example, a new mother with disability may get help in finding a mother’s group that meets her needs, or a person with disability could get help with joining a local sports team, continuing their education, or to find employment.

What will happen to people aged 65 or over?

To access the NDIS, you must be under 65 years of age when you enter the scheme.

If you are aged 65 years or over and currently receive NSW Government  disability supports, you will not be disadvantaged. You will continue to receive supports that achieve similar outcomes to those you are currently receiving. These supports will be managed by the Commonwealth.

If you turn 65 after you enter the NDIS, you can choose to continue to receive support under the NDIS or choose to receive support through the aged care system.

How will the NDIS assist people with severe disability?

The NDIS is designed to ensure that people will have plans that deliver all the supports they need.

There are a range of mechanisms built into the NDIS to ensure that every person with disability can, either directly or with the help of their family, friends, guardian or other supports, make an informed choice about their supports for the future.