What is the NDIS?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme is called the NDIS.
The NDIS is a new way to help people under 65 with disability get care and supports.
The NDIS also helps families and carers with information about services to support people with disability.
When people get help from the NDIS they can enjoy an ordinary life now and as their life changes.
As an insurance scheme, the NDIS takes a lifetime approach, investing in people with disability early to improve their outcomes later in life.
The NDIS gives all Australians peace of mind that if their child or loved one is born with or acquires a permanent and significant disability they will get the support they need.
The NDIS supports people with disability to build skills and capability so they can participate in the community and employment.
Can I get the NDIS?
People who meet the NDIS access requirements are called participants. Participants receive funded supports and an individual plan.
If you are a person with disability and want to join the NDIS, you need to meet the access requirements. These include: availability of the Scheme where you live; your age; your residency status; your disability and in some cases your early intervention requirements.
If you think you meet these criteria, you can apply to join the NDIS.
Accessing the NDIS explains who can join the NDIS. If you meet the criteria, you can ask to become a participant by completing an access request form.
If you are already receiving disability support services, you will be contacted by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) as the NDIS becomes available in your area.
If you are not currently receiving any disability supports, but wish to join the scheme, you will need to contact us and request an Access Request Form.