Who can access the NDIS?
Eligibility for NDIS funding comes down to four factors:
Disability & Early Intervention – you must:
Have a permanent disability, which limits your ability to participate in your community, obtain employment, and perform day-to-day tasks without support from a carer or assistive technology.
Have a permanent disability (or developmental delay for children under 6 years) which would likely benefit from receiving supports now, with the aim of reducing the amount of support needed in the future.
Residency status – you must:
Be an Australian citizen OR Hold a Permanent Visa OR New Zealand citizen who holds a Protected Special Category Visa.
In NSW, the NDIS being rolled out over the next 3 years in stages by local government area.
To check when your area will be rolling out visit – the NDIS website.
You must be under 65 years of age at the time of rollout in your area.
We recommend you use confirm your eligibility with the NDIS Access Checklist tool, or by calling the NDIA on 1800 800 110.
How do I know if I am eligible?
Use My Access Checker to find out if you are able to receive assistance from the NDIS, and what the next steps are.
If you live outside an NDIS trial site, your existing funding and supports will continue. These will remain in place until the NDIS is introduced to your area or is extended to your age group.
What about people over the age of 65 years?
People over the age of 65 are not eligible for the NDIS. People over 65 who currently receiving disability support will be provided with the same supports and funding that they received prior to the transition to the NDIS.