To participate in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), you must be under 65 years of age.
However, you may be eligible to join the NDIS if you are:
• receiving State Government-funded or provided services; and
• younger than 65 years when the NDIS rolls out into your area and you request access to the Scheme.
You meet the residence requirements if you live in an area where the NDIS is already available and are an Australian citizen OR the holder of a permanent visa OR a protected Special Category Visa (SCV, subclass 444).
You meet the disability requirements if you have a disability which:
• is attributable to an intellectual, cognitive, neurological, sensory or physical impairment or to one or more impairments attributable to a psychiatric condition; and
• the impairment or impairments are, or are likely to be, permanent; and
• the impairment or impairments result in substantially reduced functional capacity to undertake, or psychosocial functioning in undertaking, one or more of the following activities: communication, social interaction, learning, mobility, self-care, self-management; and
• the impairment or impairments affect your capacity for social or economic participation; and
• you are likely to require support under the NDIS for your lifetime.
Early intervention requirements
You meet the early intervention requirements if:
• you have one or more identified intellectual, cognitive, neurological, sensory or physical impairments that are, or are likely to be, permanent; or
• you have one or more identified impairments that are attributable to a psychiatric condition and are, or are likely to be, permanent; or
• you are a child who has developmental delay; and
• the NDIS is satisfied that provision of early intervention supports for you is likely to benefit you by reducing your future needs for supports in relation to disability; and
• the NDIS is satisfied that provision of early intervention supports for you is likely to benefit you by:
(a) mitigating or alleviating the impact of your impairment upon your functional capacity to undertake communication, social interaction, learning, mobility, self-care or self-management; or
(b) preventing the deterioration of such functional capacity; or
(c) improving such functional capacity; or
(d) strengthening the sustainability of informal supports available to you, including through building the capacity of your carer.
Note: In certain circumstances, a person with a degenerative condition could meet the early intervention requirements and therefore be eligible to participate.