Am I eligible for the NDIS?

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

To access the NDIS, you must:

  • live in a NDIS transition area
  • 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, and it becomes available in your area, you will be contacted by a representative from the NDIS. They will advise you on how to demonstrate that you are eligible, and will also help you through the NDIS planning process.

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.

Yooralla has developed a free guide to accessing the NDIS, to assist you with navigating access the NDIS.

When is the NDIS coming to my area?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is rolling out across Australia until 2019. Find out when the NDIS is coming to your area.


For NDIS enquiries or to purchase services using NDIS funding, please contact us:

Phone: 1800 966 725

To find out more about  the NDIS, please contact our Community Engagement team:

Phone: 03 9666 4500

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