A quick reference guide on the NDIS and how it can help people gain more connections with their community

What is the NDIS

The National Disability Insurance Scheme or NDIS supports people with a disability under the age of 65 to get the support they need to live a more enriched life. The NDIS is for people with a permanent and significant disability that affects their ability to take part in everyday activities. The goal of the NDIS is to help people live as independently as possible by accessing the supports they need. These supports are designed for each person’s needs whether that is assistance within their home, involvement in the community, employment or more.

Will I be able to access the NDIS? And how do I find out?

There are several factors which will determine your eligibility for the NDIS, these are:

  • Are you aged between 7 – 64 when you first access the scheme?
  • Do you live in Australia and are an Australian citizen, a permanent resident or a Special Category Visa?
  • Do you usually need support from someone because of a permanent or significant disability?
  • Do you use special equipment because of a permanent or significant disability?
  • Do you need supports now to reduce your needs in the future?

You can use the NDIS Access Checklist to find out if you might be able to receive assistance from the NDIS.

If you think you are eligible information can be found on the NDIS site.