The NDIS is available across NSW. The first step you need to take is to find out if you meet the access requirements.
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.
Who will decide if I can access the NDIS?
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) 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 participant’s eligibility.
To help you understand if you are eligible under the scheme, the NDIS website contains a tool called NDIS Access Checklist.
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 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.