Applying for the NDIS

Am I eligible?

  • To access the NDIS you must be aged between 7 – 65 and;
    • Live in Australia
    • Be an Australian citizen
    • Be a permanent Visa holder, or
    • Have a Protected Special Category Visa.
  • If you have a child aged under 7, they might be eligible for Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI[1]), a program that has been assisted in its development by the NDIA.
  • For more information, click here

Further information and options regarding eligibility can be found on the NDIS website.

Access Request

  • If you are a person with a disability and meet the eligibility criteria outlined above, your next step is to fulfil the NDIS Access Requirements[2].
  • You can make an Access Request in one of two ways, either via a Verbal Access Request (VAR) or an Access Request Form (ARF).
  • Whether you opt for verbal or written, you will need to provide the NDIA with the following information and evidence to support your application:
    • Proof of age and residency.
    • Information about your disability and how it impacts your everyday life. NDIA suggest that the easiest way to do this is to ask your healthcare professional to complete the Access Request Form (ARF) – Part F or an NDIA Supporting Evidence form.
    • Additionally, it may be helpful to provide copies of any existing reports or assessments.
  • You can get an Access Request form from:
  • A useful resource at this stage of your NDIS journey is the Understanding the NDIS booklet. It can help guide you through the early parts of applying for the NDIS. It looks like this:

[1] ECEI – Early Childhood Early Intervention
Providing support early in life to reduce the effects of disability and to improve the person’s functional capacity. [as seen https://www.ndis.gov.au/about-us/glossary]

[2] Access requirements
The criteria someone must meet to become a participant in the NDIS. The access requirements are:

  • Age: under 65 years.

  • Residency: live in Australia and be an Australian citizen or have paperwork letting you live here permanently.

Disability: your disability is permanent (will not go away) or you need early intervention (to be treated early that will help by reducing the future needs for supports). [as seen https://www.ndis.gov.au/about-us/glossary]

[3] Local Area Coordinators (LAC)
LACs are local organisations working in partnership with the NDIA, to help participants, their families and carers access the NDIS. LACs will help participants write and manage their plans and connect participants to mainstream services and local and community-based supports. [as seen https://www.ndis.gov.au/about-us/glossary]

[4] ECEI – Early Childhood Early Intervention
Providing support early in life to reduce the effects of disability and to improve the person’s functional capacity.