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NDIS – Eligibility

Am I eligible for the NDIS?

Eligibility for support under the NDIS includes the following:

You may be eligible to receive an individual support plan if:
– you are under 65 years of age
– you are an Australia citizen, a permanent resident, or New Zealand citizen who is a Protected Special Category Visa holder
– you have a permanent or significant disability that requires help from others to do things, equipment or assistive technology.

Or you need to meet the early intervention requirements:
– your child is aged under 6 and has a developmental delay and
– you or your child have a disability that is likely to be permanent or early supports would reduce how much help you or your child need to do things in the future.

For further information on eligibility, please review the NDIS checklist on: www.ndis.gov.au/ndis-access-checklist

If you currently receive disability services you will be contacted by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) during our local area’s NDIS transition for the Goondiwindi and surrounding area this will commence from 1st July 2016 to 1st January 2017.

If you are not currently receiving disability services you may still be eligible for the NDIS. You do not need a referral to the NDIS, you just need to contact the NDIS directly to complete an access request form by either visiting the following web site www.ndis.gov.au or call 1800 800 110.

What are the disability requirements?

You may meet the disability requirements if:
• you have an impairment or condition that is likely, or is to be permanent (i.e. it is likely to be life long) and
• your impairment substantially reduces your ability to participate ffectively in activities, or perform tasks or actions unless you have:
* assistance from other people or
* you have assistive technology or equipment (other than common items such as glasses) or
* you can’t participate effectively even with assistance or aides and equipment and
– your impairment affects your capacity for social and economic participation
and
– you are likely to require support under the NDIS for your lifetime.
An impairment that varies in intensity e.g. because the impairment is of a chronic episodic nature may still be permanent, and you may require support under the NDIS for your lifetime, despite the variation

What are the early intervention requirements?

You may meet the early intervention requirements:
• if you have an impairment or condition that is likely to be permanent and
• there is evidence that getting supports now (early interventions) will help you by:
* reducing how much help you will need to do things because of your impairment in the future and
* improving or reducing deterioration of your functional capacity or
* helping your family and carers to keep helping you and
* those supports are most appropriately funded through the NDIS, and not through another service system.
OR
• you are a child aged under 6 years of age with developmental delay which results in:
* substantially reduced functional capacity in one or more of the areas of self
-care, receptive and expressive language, cognitive development or motor development and
* results in the need for a combination and sequence of special interdisciplinary or generic care, treatment or other services which are of extended duration, and are individually planned and coordinated;
and
• those supports are most appropriately funded through the NDIS, and not through another service system

Care Goondiwindi can assist you in making the transition to the NDIS. For more details contact Fiona or Kellie on (07) 4670 0700. 

Fiona Verdon

Kellie Rice