You are eligible for the NDIS if you:
- have a permanent disability that significantly affects your ability to take part in everyday activities or a developmental delay. To meet the NDIS disability rules you need to have an impairment or condition that is likely to be permanent (lifelong) and that stops you from doing everyday things by yourself. This includes conditions which can vary in intensity, such as mental illness.
- Be aged less than 65 when they first enter the NDIS;
- Be an Australian citizen or hold a permanent visa or a Protected Special Category visa; and
- Live in Australia where the NDIS is available.
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 sets the access requirements for the NDIS. To help you understand if you are eligible for assistance under the scheme, the national 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.
Some people, such as those in supported accommodation, will go through a simplified eligibility process. You can check our postcode finder for more information.
If you are eligible and become a participant in the NDIS, you will meet with the an NDIA to discuss your goals and aspirations.
What if I am not eligible for an individualised NDIS supports package?
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.
What will happen to people over 65 years of age?
To access the NDIS, you must be less than 65 years of age when you enter the scheme.
If you are aged 65 years or over and currently receive New South Wales 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.