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Accessing the NDIS

What is the NDIS?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), overseen by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), is designed to support eligible Australians living with permanent and significant disabilities. This initiative aims to meet the diverse needs of individuals by providing essential funding for necessary supports, enabling them to pursue their aspirations and improve their quality of life. NDIS plans are structured around three key types of support budgets: Core supports, which address day-to-day needs; Capacity-building supports, which focus on enhancing skills and independence; and Capital supports, which fund larger investments such as assistive technology or home modifications.

Am I eligible for NDIS services?

The NDIS is designed to provide funding to as many Australians as possible. Eligibility for NDIS support and funding is assessed based on your needs, rather than on your diagnosis. That means you can be eligible for NDIS services if you suffer from a mental illness or disability that has a significant impact on your daily life, regardless of the specific condition.


You may be eligible for the NDIS if you:

Are aged between 7 and 65

Live in Australia

Are an Australian citizen, permanent resident or if you hold a Protected Special Category Visa

Have a mental illness or disability that is permanent or life-long and affects your ability to complete daily tasks

Require early intervention to reduce your need for future support

How Do I Start an NDIS Plan?

To begin, you must apply for NDIS funding by completing the Access Request Form and sending it to the NDIA via email. Once they receive your form, they will invite you to a planning meeting where you can discuss the supports that are reasonable and necessary for you. Together, you will determine the funding that suits your needs best.

Once your funding is approved and you receive your budget, you can start creating your plan. Throughout this process, you have the opportunity to set or modify your goals to enhance your well-being and happiness. Your support coordinator will then work together with your Plan Manager to assist you in connecting with suitable services to help achieve these goals.

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