What is the NDIS?




The National Disability Insurance Scheme

There are around 4.3 million Australians who have a disability. When it is fully rolled out, the NDIS will provide about 460,000 Australians aged under 65, who have permanent and significant disability with funding for supports and services. For many people, it will be the first time they receive the disability support they need.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) supports people with a permanent and significant disability which affects their ability to take part in everyday activities. The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) implements the NDIS.

The NDIS supports people with a disability to live an ordinary life. The type of support that is provided includes:

  • Support to achieve greater independence

  • Support to being more involved in the community

  • Support in gaining employment, and

  • Support with improved wellbeing


Reasonable and necessary supports

The NDIS will fund reasonable and necessary supports that help people with disability to achieve their goals. The NDIS will not fund supports and services that are funded under mainstream services, but they will help the person with disability connect to those services.

Reasonable and necessary supports are associated with day-to-day living and help to improve a persons participation in their community and the workforce.

  • A resource or piece of equipment, such as wheelchair, assistive technology or home and car modifications, to help you live an ordinary life

  • helpful in building the skills a person needs to live the life they want, such as opportunities to work, further their education, volunteer or learn something new.


How do I apply for the NDIS?

Step 1. Fill in the NDIS Access Checklist  to see if you are eligible.

Step 2. Contact the NDIA for an Access request form on 1800 800 110. If you need help filling it out the form or making the call, you can contact your Local Area Coordinator, Early Childhood Early Intervention partner or your contact your local NDIA office. You can find a list of contacts here.

Step 3. Read applying to access the NDIS to understand the type of evidence required to support an access request.

If you are a mental health care, learn some additional information and tips for communicating about psychosocial disability during the access assessment phase. When the person you care for has been assessed as eligible to access the scheme, you can support them to begin preparing for the planning meeting by completing the mental health carer checklist.

For younger people living in residential aged care, nominees can click on this link for specific information on confirming eligibility.

Carers Australia has developed a Carer Checklist to support your understanding of how to breakdown the tasks and associated hours attached to supporting the person you care for. This will help you to identify supports that need to be included in a persons NDIS plan. For more information, visit Support For Families and Carers.


Is the NDIS available in my area?

If a person is currently receiving disability services, they will be contacted before their region is scheduled to transition to the NDIS. Clients of defined programs and services will generally be considered to satisfy the disability requirements without further evidence being required.

If they are not currently receiving services, they will be able to apply to access the NDIS when it becomes available in their region during the staged roll-out across Australia.

People with Disability who are ineligible to apply for individual funding through the NDIS can still receive support from the NDIS with information, links and referrals to community and mainstream support services.

To better understand how the NDIS supports people with disability, their families, and carers, visit www.ndis.gov.au or call 1800 800 110.


Am I eligible for the NDIS?

To be eligible for the NDIS, a person must:

  • Have a significant and permanent disability that substantially reduces their functional capacity, or they need access to early intervention supports

  • Be an Australian citizen, a permanent resident, or a protected Special Category Visa holder

  • Be under the age of 65 when first applying to become a participant

  • Live in an area where the NDIS has begun

  • Where applicable, meet the age/or phasing requirements for that area during the staged roll-out across Australia