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Can I access NDIS supports?

People who wish to access NDIS supports must meet the Scheme's access requirements. 

To meet the NDIS access requirements, you must:

  • Live in an area where NDIS is available. Check the roll-out schedule here
  • Have a permanent disability that:
    • Reduces your ability to participate effectively in activities, or perform tasks or actions, unless you have support, and
    • Affects your capacity for social and economic participation, and
    • Means you are likely to require support under the NDIS for a lifetime
  • Be an Australian citizen, the holder of a permanent visa or hold a Protected Special Category Visa
  • Be aged under 65 (or under 55 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders)

Use the NDIS Access Checklist to find out if you meet the access requirements to become an NDIS participant.

What if I’m not eligible?

NDIS has a policy called Continuity of support, which means that people who do not meet the NDIS access requirements but were accessing a disability service prior to being assessed by the NDIA may continue to receive support consistent with their current arrangements. There is little information available about the specifics of this policy – we will update. 

This includes people currently receiving access to services under the Home and Community Care (HACC) program. If you are receiving access to HACC funded services (and do not transition to NDIS), you will continue to receive these supports. Please note: HACC will be undergoing a review in 2019.

If you’re 65 and over and currently receiving supports Victorian Government supports, you may be eligible for the Commonwealth Home Support Program.

Find out more about Continuity of Support on the NDIS website.