IMPROVED DISABILITY SERVICES

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National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

Accessing the NDIS

People who meet the NDIS access requirements are called participants. Participants receive funded supports and an individual plan.

If you are a person with disability and want to join the NDIS, you need to meet the access requirements. These include: availability of the Scheme where you live; your age; your residency status; your disability and in some cases your early intervention requirements.

If you think you meet these criteria, you can apply to join the NDIS.

Availability in your area

To access the NDIS right now, you must live in an area where the NDIS is available. In some of these areas, you also need to be a certain age to access the Scheme.

Find out if the NDIS is available in your area:

People who meet the NDIS access requirements are called participants. Participants receive funded supports and an individual plan.

Age

You must be under 65 years of age when you apply to join the Scheme.

Residency

To meet the residency requirements, you must live in Australia and:

Disability

You may meet the disability requirements if:

An impairment that varies in intensity e.g. because the impairment is of a chronic episodic nature may still be permanent, and you may require support under the NDIS for your lifetime, despite the variation.

Early Intervention Requirements

You may meet the early intervention requirements:

OR

How long until your access request is assessed?

Upon receiving a valid access request, the NDIA must respond within 21 days. You can find more information about this in the NDIA Operational Guidelines. This timeframe applies to a person who resides in an NDIS area, and who has made a valid request with all relevant information and evidence about their disability or impairment.

In some cases, the NDIA may need more documents, assessments or evidence, which means it might take longer for your request to be assessed.

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