The NDIS gives people choice and control over the disability supports they receive. As an NDIS participant, you decide who provides the help and supports that will help you meet your goals. The NDIS can connect you to informal and community supports too.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is designed to fund individualised support for eligible people under 65 with permanent and significant disability, so they can live their lives to their full potential. This includes people with a newly acquired disability.
Access in NSW
NSW Health staff are supporting patients with disability who wish to apply to the NDIS. This includes providing evidence of disability and helping them prepare for their NDIS planning conversation. Find your Local Health District.
The NDIS is available across NSW and is expected to benefit approximately 140,000 eligible people with disability, including 50,000 people who previously did not receive any disability supports. People who were receiving funded supports through NSW Government specialist disability services have been supported to transition to the NDIS. This includes former NSW Ageing Disability and Home Care (ADHC) clients who were living in supported accommodation and those participating in community access services (such as a day program or case management service). See the NDIS factsheet: How and when will I access the NDIS in NSW?
What is the NDIA?
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is the independent Commonwealth agency established to deliver the NDIS. The NDIA is responsible for assessing eligibility and working with participants to develop support plans to meet their needs. NSW Health is working closely with the NDIA to ensure our patients, their families and carers make the most of the opportunities and services available through the NDIS.
The NDIS for children and young people
For your child to be eligible for access to the NDIS, you need to demonstrate that their disability meet the NDIS criteria. Once they are participants in the scheme, their needs will continue to be reviewed every 6-12 months to determine they are receiving all reasonable and necessary supports required. Not everyone will need the NDIS forever.
The supports provided by the NDIS are based on your child’s disability and how this impacts their functional capacity (what they can and can’t do), including how they undertake daily activities.
Children from birth to six years
If your child aged zero to six years has a disability, or there are concerns with their development, they may be eligible to receive support from the NDIS. There are two ways to access help:
- If your child has a significant disability and meets the access requirements for the scheme, you can apply directly to the NDIA via an Access Request Form and have your child’s eligibility assessed and then, if eligible, proceed to a planning meeting and a plan of supports.
- Alternatively, any family with a child who has a disability or developmental delay – regardless of how serious it is or whether it is likely to be permanent – can seek assistance via the NDIA’s Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Gateway. Staff at the ECEI Gateway (referred to as ‘partners’) will assist you to determine the best source of support. This may include referral to mainstream services, provision of early intervention supports or - if your child needs access to the scheme – assistance with developing a draft plan for submission to the NDIA.
Children aged seven and over
A child over the age of seven years with permanent and significant disability will be eligible for the NDIS if they meet either the disability (Section 24) or early intervention (Section 25) criteria, as well as the age and residence requirements.