At Nursed, we recognize the importance of effectively navigating the complex landscape of health and social care services, especially in relation to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). We get frequent questions, especially around the topic of ‘Who is eligible for NDIS?’. We have developed a thorough guide to help you comprehend the eligibility requirements and steps for accessing the NDIS. Our aim is to present you with easily understandable information about who can be eligible for the NDIS and provide helpful advice on how to navigate the application process with success.
According to NDIS official statistics, as of 2021, over 400,000 Australians are benefiting from the scheme. And that number is expected to grow as more people gain awareness and meet the eligibility criteria.
Criteria for NDIS Eligibility
Here are the primary considerations to qualify for NDIS support:
The NDIS is available to individuals aged between 7 and 65. The NDIS was established to assist those in the prime of life. As such, those outside this age bracket may need to explore alternative care options, which we at Nursed can assist with.
To qualify for NDIS, you must reside in Australia and be either an Australian citizen, possess a Permanent Visa, or hold a Protected Special Category Visa. You can find more details on the Department of Home Affairs website.
Nature of Disability
The disability must be likely to be permanent (lifelong) and impact your ability to participate in everyday activities. It’s not enough to simply have a disability; it must significantly affect your life.
Understanding Disability Requirement
A vital component in assessing NDIS eligibility is the disability requirement. In this situation, it is important that your disability is a long-term condition that significantly impacts your ability to engage in everyday activities. The NDIS Act 2013 offers a thorough explanation of what qualifies as a disability under the NDIS.
How to Apply for NDIS
Before you apply, we recommend going through our comprehensive guide to the NDIS that offers an in-depth understanding of the scheme. Once you’ve confirmed your eligibility, the next step is making an Access Request.
What’s the Process?
Determining NDIS eligibility is a three-step process:
- Preparation: Gather your documents and contact NDIS to make an Access Request.
- Review: The NDIS reviews your application against the eligibility criteria.
- Outcome: You receive your NDIS eligibility outcome.
You can learn more about the process on our NDIS Eligibility Process Page.
Assessing the Impact of Your Disability
The NDIS takes a unique approach in assessing disability, focusing on how your condition impacts your life rather than the type of disability you have. This includes factors like how your condition affects your mobility, communication, social interaction, and ability to learn or work.
NDIS Supports and Services
Once you are deemed eligible, you can gain access to various supports and services, including:
- Daily Personal Activities
- Transportation Assistance
- Workplace Help
- Therapeutic Supports
The NDIS also includes an early intervention approach. The NDIS Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) is designed for children aged 6 and under who have developmental delays or disabilities.
NDIS Eligibility and Mental Health Conditions
Importantly, the NDIS does provide support for those who have significant and enduring psychosocial disabilities associated with mental health conditions. These conditions are commonly acknowledged as psychosocial disabilities, encompassing disorders like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, along with severe and enduring depression or anxiety.
However, having a mental health condition does not automatically qualify an individual for NDIS support. The impact of the condition on the person’s functional capacity and how it limits their social and economic participation is taken into consideration.
Determining who is eligible for NDIS can initially seem complex, but with the right guidance and understanding, it becomes manageable. Remember, at Nursed, we’re here to help you navigate these processes.
Don’t let the complexity deter you from accessing the support you need. Contact us today, and let us guide you on your NDIS journey.
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens if I am not eligible for NDIS?
If you are found ineligible for NDIS, there are other community and other government services that you can access.
Can I apply for NDIS on behalf of someone else?
Yes, you can apply on behalf of someone else if you are their parent, legal guardian, or have obtained their consent.
How long does the NDIS application process take?
Typically, the NDIS aims to respond to Access Requests within 21 days.
What kind of support can I get from NDIS?
NDIS offers various supports across different areas including daily personal activities, transport to enable participation in community, social, economic and daily life activities, therapeutic supports including behaviour support, and more.