Eligibility and supports available

Who can access the NDIS?

The NDIS is available to people who have a permanent impairment or condition and meet the following requirements:

  • are an Australian citizen, or a permanent resident or hold a Protected Special Category Visa
  • are under 65 years of age
  • need support from a person or equipment to do everyday activities.

If you are a person with disability who wishes to participate in the NDIS, you must first be assessed against the access requirements of the NDIS. Visit the NDIS Access requirements.   

You can apply to enter the NDIS six months prior to the Scheme rolling out in your area.

Once you've gained access to the NDIS, the NDIA will work with you to develop your first plan.

When access requirements are met, a person then becomes an NDIS participant. The planning process will commence within 12 months of a participant’s area phasing into the scheme. 

Support available under the NDIS

Everyone’s needs, preferences and aspirations are different.

The NDIS provides information and referrals, support to access community services and activities, personal plans and supports over a lifetime.

If you are a person with a disability and you meet the access requirements you can become a participant in the scheme.

Early intervention supports

The focus of early intervention is on people getting services and supports now so they require fewer services and supports in the future.

Early intervention can also help children under six years old with developmental delay.

A person with a disability may be eligible for early intervention supports if the supports will:

  • reduce the impact of their impairment or condition or developmental delay
  • stop the impact of their impairment or condition from getting worse
  • strengthen their informal supports, such as helping a carer to keep supporting them.

To work out if early intervention applies in your situation, read the NDIS early intervention rules.

Early intervention supports provided by the NDIS are those not provided by any other services such as health and education.

For more information, view the NDIS Access checklist for eligibility requirements.

Early childhood intervention services

The Victorian Government funds Early Childhood Intervention Services (ECIS) to support children with a disability or developmental delay, from birth to when they start school. ECIS provides special education, therapy, counselling, service planning and coordination, assistance, and support to access services such as kindergarten and child care.

Services are tailored to meet the individual needs of the child and focused on supporting the child in their natural environments and in their everyday experiences and activities.

Applications for ECIS are managed by ECIS Intake teams across Victoria. Parents may refer their child to ECIS. It is recommended that parents consult with the child's paediatrician, maternal and child health nurse, or educational or health professional and seek their assistance to complete the application.

For people living in the regions where the NDIS is already available. ECIS is accessed through the NDIS.

For further information about ECIS and application forms visit www.education.vic.gov.au.