Am I eligible for the NDIS?

The first step to accessing the NDIS is meeting the eligibility criteria.

To access the NDIS, you must:

  • have a permanent disability that:
    • reduces your ability to participate effectively in activities, or perform tasks or actions, unless you have support, and
    • affects your capacity for social and economic participation, and
    • means you are likely to require support under the NDIS for a lifetime.

You must also be:

  • an Australian citizen, or
  • the holder of a permanent visa, or
  • hold a Protected Special Category Visa, and
  • be aged under 65

If you are eligible for the NDIS, you will need to contact the NDIS and ask for an Access Request form, or alternatively, download the form via the NDIS website.

There are different eligibility processes depending on factors such as whether you are already currently receiving disability funding.

How can I find out if I'm eligible for the NDIS?

To find out if you are eligible for NDIS funding, you can use an online tool called the NDIS Access Checklist.

This tool asks questions that can help you to work out if you are eligible for NDIS support.

Yooralla has also developed a free guide to accessing the NDIS, to assist you with understanding whether you are eligible and navigating access the NDIS.

What is the eligibility process if I’m already getting disability funding?

If you are already receiving funded disability support, you will be contacted by a NDIS representative when it is time to prepare and then plan for your future support under the NDIS.

You will still need to go through an eligibility process, but this will be simpler than the process for people who are new to receiving disability supports.

Preparing to transition into the NDIS is important. You can prepare by collecting information you already have, or by reading Yooralla’s free guide to accessing the NDIS to assist you with navigating access to the NDIS.

What’s the eligibility process if I’m not currently getting disability funding?

If you do not currently access disability services, but think you might be eligible, then you will need to be assessed for eligibility to access the NDIS.

You will have to complete a detailed assessment process to provide the NDIS with information about you, your disability and the level of support you need if you have a permanent disability. The NDIA will work with you to confirm your eligibility for the NDIS.

Once your eligibility is established, you will be given a reference number that you can use when you contact the NDIA to talk about eligibility and access to supports.

Need more advice or help?

Download our free NDIS guides: To make the most of the NDIS, you can download Yooralla’s free guides for adults or careers with disability or free guide for parents of children with disability to help prepare for the NDIS.

Book a free one-on-one NDIS discussion: To discuss your individual circumstances and better understand the NDIS, book in for a free one-on-one NDIS discussion with Yooralla Connect.

Contact us today: For more information or support email or contact us today.

For more NDIS information

Yooralla can support you through every stage of your NDIS journey, with free NDIS resources and free, one-on-one NDIS discussions with Yooralla Connect.

Phone: 03 9666 4500

Stay informed on the NDIS!

Subscribe to our newsletter

Subscribe now