The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides funding for support and services to eligible Australians with a disability. This article will detail the criteria for NDIS eligibility and how to apply for
Who is eligible for NDIS?
To be eligible for the NDIS support, the applicant must:
- Be an Australian citizen
- Be aged between 7 and 65
- Have a permanent disability or substantially reduced functional capacity causing them to require support.
You must meet each of the following eligibility criteria to qualify for the NDIS:
- A disability that affects your ability to perform certain activities.
- The disability must be attributable to one or more intellectual, neurological, sensory or physical impairments. Alternatively, you may have an impairment attributable to a psychiatric condition.
- You are likely to require NDIS support for the rest of your life. (Please note that if the impairment is intermittent or varies in intensity- such as chronic episodes- you may still be eligible.)
Review the NDIS checklist for details.
More on NDIS disability criteria
The criteria revolve around the impairment and disruption caused by the applicant's particular disability (physical or mental).
The impairment must result in substantially reduced functional capacity or psychosocial capacity relating to one or more of the following activities:
- Social interaction
In assessing your eligibility, the NDIS will consider the following criteria in relation to your support needs:
- Whether you have a permanent and significant disability that requires support from another person
- Whether you have a permanent or significant disability that requires the use of special equipment
- Whether providing support now will help reduce your future needs
How to apply for NDIS funding
If you meet the criteria and would like to apply, you need to make an ‘Access Request’.
You can make your access request by:
1. Calling 1800 800 110 and asking to make an Access Request Complete
3. If you need help filling in the access request form or making the call, you can contact your local LAC or NDIA office.
What you will need for the Access Request
You will be asked:
- To confirm your identity (and/or any person’s authority to act on your behalf)
- Questions about your age, residence and disability to confirm you meet the criteria
- Information about any current disability support you may receive and for your consent to contact your provider to confirm the details
After your Access Request, you may be asked to provide additional information, including information about your disability and how it impacts your day-to-day life.
- email copies of any relevant evidence to NAT@ndis.gov.au,
- post them to GPO Box 700, Canberra ACT 2601, or
- drop them at your local NDIA office.
What happens next?
After your Access Request has been made and any supporting evidence submitted, the NDIA will consider your claim.
If your application is approved, you will be contacted by the NDIA (National Disability Insurance Agency) or your Local Area Coordinator to arrange a planning meeting where your needs and goals will be assessed in closer detail. Then a plan will be agreed upon to help achieve them.
For any further advice for NDIS participants on funding, the NDIS eligibility criteria or the access request process, there is lots of information on the NDIS website.
Or, if you have any questions you'd like to ask us, request a callback, and we'll be in touch at a time that suits you.