Who is eligible for the NDIS?

The NDIS is accessible to anyone who has been diagnosed with a disability.

There are some relevant age parameters to note:

  • Children under seven are supported by the Early Childhood Intervention Services program. Suitable participants can then move across to the NDIS which provides a different funding package for them.
  • Those who are 57 years of age and older have the option to move from the NDIS to an Aged Care Package, which may be appropriate for some participants.

The NDIS aims to provide choice and control to the person who is living with a disability. Each participant is given the autonomy to play a central role in determining their own goals and required supports.

What about high-functioning individuals living with a disability?

There are many people who are significantly affected by disability on a day to day basis despite being high-functioning.

Examples could include people who are living with a mental illness or a physical disability. The NDIS is applicable for these people.

Provided they have a formal diagnosis, they can be assessed and their eligibility will be determined by the level of support they need.

Why was the NDIS introduced?

The NDIS was introduced because there was a need for a centralised, national scheme. Previously, each state had delivered independent schemes. This meant there was sometimes confusion about the availability of services from state to state. It also meant that the process of moving interstate could be challenging for those living with disabilities.

There are some areas of the country where the rollout is still occurring. State-run disability housing also still varies from state to state, but this is being addressed as each state progresses.

2020 is the scheduled year of completion for implementation of the scheme.

How does the NDIS relate to other insurance schemes?

Other schemes and insurers may be a relevant factor in determining eligibility for the NDIS.

For example, the interaction between a Work Cover scheme and the NDIS may need to be considered for someone who has experienced a workplace injury. It is possible for a person to receive funding from two schemes simultaneously.

What is the difference between NDIS-registered and non-registered service providers?

Choosing an NDIS-registered service provider typically indicates an extra level of assurance and protection to participants.

The NDIS has strong oversight of the operations of NDIS-registered providers. NDIS-registered providers also have obligations to the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission.

For example, in the event of an incident, non-NDIS-registered providers are under no obligation to disclose it to the NDIS Commission. An NDIS-registered provider, comparatively, is obligated to report any incident.

AAYS is an NDIS-registered provider. This means that our clients can be assured of our high industry standards, and it also means that we can provide service to NDIS participants whose plans are NDIS-managed.