Accessing The NDIS

Information you need to know to access the NDIS

Availability in your area

The NDIS has been introduced progressively around Australia from 1 July 2016. To participate in the NDIS, you must live in an area where the NDIS is currently available. 
 In some of these areas, you also need to be a certain age.
You may meet the access requirements up to six months prior to the NDIS rolling out in your area.

How people will join the NDIS has been agreed by Commonwealth and State / Territory governments.

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Becoming a Participant

To become an NDIS Participant you will need to meet the age, residency and disability or early intervention access requirements and give your consent to join the Scheme. In some States and Territories people currently receiving supports will be moving to the NDIS first.

If you already receive supports from a State or Territory government disability program, you will receive a letter then a phone call from an NDIS representative when it is time to transition to the NDIS.

Until you have transitioned to the NDIS and have an NDIS plan, your existing supports and services will continue.

Can I access the NDIS?

To become an NDIS Participant you must:

  • Have a permanent impairment that significantly affects your ability to take part in everyday activities, or have a developmental delay;
  • Be aged less than 65 when you first apply to enter the NDIS and meet additional age requirements if you live in SA or TAS;
  • Live in Australia in an NDIS area on a specified date;
  • Be an Australian citizen or hold a permanent visa or a Protected Special Category visa.

Until you have transitioned to the NDIS and have an NDIS plan, your existing supports and services will continue.

Preparing to Access the NDIS

If you already receive supports from a State or Territory government disability program, you will be contacted by a National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) representative when it is time to transition to the NDIS.
For some people already receiving supports from State and Territory disability programs, evidence of your disability may not be needed. This is because some State and Territory programs have the same eligibility criteria as the NDIS.
If you do not currently receive disability supports and the NDIS is available in your area you can request access by calling the NDIS.

Who can help you prepare top to access the NDIS?

You might wish to work with a family member, friend or carer or other health professional. Alternatively Arch Disability is available to provide you support and guidance with your NDIS plan