The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) gives people with disability choice and control over the supports they receive.
The NDIS is a new way to help people under 65 with disability get care and supports. It is now available for all eligible people living in NSW.
In NSW over 84,000 people have already entered the NDIS as well as 3400 active service providers delivering NDIS supports. In NSW, the NDIS is expected to benefit up to 140,000 people with disability.
Can I access the NDIS?
To become an NDIS participant a person must:
- 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.
Can I still receive support if I do not meet the access requirements for the NDIS?
A person does not have to be an NDIS participant to receive support from the NDIS. The NDIS will connect people with disability, their families and carers, including people who are not NDIS participants, to disability and mainstream supports in their community.
To find out more about information about joining the NDIS visit www.ndis.gov.au or call 1800 800 110.
What should I do if I am over 65?
If you’re 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.
You can find out more by visiting the Department of Health website
You can also contact the Department of Health via email CommonwealthCoS@health.gov.au.
Children under six years of age
Children under six who have a disability, may be eligible to receive support from the NDIS through the Early Childhood Early Intervention Approach, (ECEI).
The ECEI Approach is how the NDIS is working with Early Childhood Providers to deliver early childhood intervention for children aged up to the age of six.
You should contact the NDIA on 1800 800 110 or visit their website for more information: www.ndis.gov.au
For more information on the Early Childhood Early Intervention Approach, please visit https://ndis.gov.au/eceic or contact the NDIA on 1800 800 110
You can also visit the NSW NDIS website at http://ndis.nsw.gov.au/ready-for-ndis/early-childhood-early-intervention-ecei/
If you have a hearing problem or speech loss please call:
(TTY) 1800 555 677 or (Speak & Listen) 1800 555 727.
For more information on getting ready and the journey into the NDIS, visit our resources page for people with disability