Who can apply

Updated 3 months ago

The NDIS is designed to support people with permanent disabilities. To gain an NDIS plan, a person must first apply to the NDIS (known as "making an access request"), demonstrating that they meet the entry criteria which are set out by the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013, and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (Becoming a Participant) Rules 2016.

Simply put, this means a person needs to be able to demonstrate:

  • they are aged under 65 and are an Australian citizen or permanent resident who lives in Australia
  • they have a disability attributed to a medical condition and it is likely to be permanent
  • their disability substantially reduces their capacity to communicate, interact with others, learn, move around or look after themselves
  • their disability affects their capacity to participate in society or the workforce
  • they are likely to need NDIS support for their lifetime.

Applying to the NDIS with a mental health condition

To apply to the NDIS a person should contact the Local Area Coordinator in their region. They will help the person to understand the eligibility criteria and assist them to apply. Alternatively the person can call the NDIS directly on 1800 800 811.

To learn more about who can apply

The Transition Support Project is funded by the

Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care

© NDIS Transition Support 2024
Last updated Jul 11 2024 11:59 PM CST