Participants and families

The NDIS will change the way disability support and services are delivered in Victoria and will improve the lives of people with disability, their families and carers.

Who can access the NDIS

The scheme is available to Victorians who have a permanent impairment or condition and:

  • have Australian residency
  • are under 65 years of age
  • need support from a person or equipment to do everyday activities.

Early intervention supports

To meet the NDIS early intervention rules, you need to:

  • have an impairment or condition that is likely to be permanent (lifelong)
  • be a child under 6 years of age with a developmental delay and the delay means you usually need more help with your self-care, communication, learning or motor skills than another child of the same age.

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

You may be eligible for early intervention supports if it will:

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

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

Find out how the changes might impact you

To find out more about the changes and how they might impact you, you can:

When the NDIS is coming to your area

NDIS will be rolled out in Victoria in stages. Here's when the NDIS will be coming to your area.

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 school entry. 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 the state. Parents may refer their child to ECIS. It is recommended that parents consult with the child's paediatrician, maternal and child health nurse, educational or health professional and seek their assistance to complete the application.

For people living in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Barwon trial site, covering the local government areas of City of Greater Geelong, Borough of Queenscliffe, Surf Coast or Colac-Otway Shires, the entry point for ECIS is via the NDIS.

For further information about ECIS, finding your region or application forms.

New resources for parents

The NDIA has partnered with the Raising Children Network website to create online articles and a videos series to help parents get ready for the NDIS.

The new online resources are designed to help parents understand how the NDIS can support their child, be it through early intervention, personal care and support, access to the community, therapy services or essential equipment.

The new NDIS resources are freely available at on the Raising Children Network website.