This fact sheet is for people with disability who have not previously accessed any NSW funded disability supports. It provides information on how and when they can access the NDIS.
You will have your eligibility for the NDIS determined by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).
How can the NDIS help me?
The NDIS gives you choice and control over the supports you need to live life your way and realise your goals and aspirations. It will also give you choice and control about who you receive that support from. It provides access to supports, information and provides the opportunity for people to get involved in their community.
How can I access the NDIS?
You can access 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.
How can I prepare for the NDIS?
There are four easy next steps for people with disability who may be eligible for the NDIS:
- Confirm if you may be eligible via the national NDIS website www.ndis.gov.au
- Visit the My Choice Matters website www.mychoicematters.org.au or speak to a family member or carer for help in working out your goals.
- Contact the NDIA, www.ndis.gov.au or phone them on 1800 800 110.
- There is also a list of customer service locations available on the website https://www.ndis.gov.au/about-us/locations.html#nsw