If you are living with disability you may be able to receive Government support through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Before accessing the NDIS, you will need to meet specific eligibility criteria
The NDIS will consider things like age, residence, and disability
Anyone who thinks they are eligible is able to apply for the NDIS
General eligibility criteria
The NDIS provides support to people with disability in Australia and is available to anyone with a physical, mental or intellectual disability.
Before you are able to access support through the NDIS, you need to meet the eligibility criteria.
To meet the NDIS eligibility requirements:
You must be under 65 years of age;
You must be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or hold a Protected Special Category Visa (SCV);
You must be living with a disability that affects your ability to perform everyday activities. The condition needs to be recognised under NDIS as needing ‘reasonable and necessary supports’; OR; You are a child under the age of 6 with a developmental delay that can be reduced by early intervention supports.
Explaining the requirements
Under the NDIS access requirements if you are over the age of 65, then you are not eligible to apply for NDIS support. This is because according to the NDIS, they are “part of a broader system of support in Australia, [and] people over 65 should access the aged care system.”
However, if you started receiving NDIS supports before turning 65, you can continue to receive them once you turn 65 and beyond.
You will be given a choice to either continue to receive disability supports under the NDIS, or to change and receive supports through the Commonwealth Aged Care System through My Aged Care.
Residence requirements apply when a person is applying for the NDIS, and continue to apply after a person becomes a participant.
You will meet the residence requirements if you:
Live in Australia
Are an Australian Citizen, OR hold a permanent residency visa or a Protected Special Category Visa (SCV)
If you stop meeting the residence requirements, your access to the NDIS may be cancelled.
Living with disability
You must be living with a disability that affects your ability to perform everyday activities. This includes things like communication, social interaction, learning, mobility, or self-care.
Your disability needs to be, or likely to be, permanent to be considered for NDIS supports.
The condition also needs to be recognised under the NDIS as needing ‘reasonable and necessary supports’.
For children, under the age of 6, with developmental delay access to the NDIS and early intervention support is available.
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