People with a disability

The NDIS is a new way of providing disability support. This information explains how the NDIS works and whether you are eligible to participate.

If you are eligible, you will develop a plan with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) who will help you access the supports you need.

Your plan will be reviewed over time so you'll get the right support for as long as you need it.

Who can access the NDIS

You can access the NDIS depending on your age, residency and disability.

  • age - If you are under 65 years of age
  • residency - If you live in Australia and are an Australian citizen, or you have paperwork that gives you permission to live here permanently
  • disability - If your disability is likely to be with you for life and substantially impacts how you manage everyday activities. This means you need help from other people or special equipment to do certain things.

Continuity of support for older Victorians

If you are aged 65 years and over (50 years and over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people) and currently receiving state-administered specialist disability services, find out more about the Commonwealth’s Continuity of Support Programme.

Early intervention supports

Early intervention helps people with a disability that is likely to be with them for life but could be improved by getting some additional support now.

The focus of early intervention is on people getting services and supports now so they require fewer services and supports in the future and can live a more independent life.

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

More information about early intervention is available on the NDIS website.

Fact sheets

Fact Sheet for People with Disability, Families and Carers Fact Sheet for People with Disability, Families and CarersDOC (184.5 KB)

Acquired Brain Injury: Slow to Recover program and the National Disability Insurance Scheme - August 2016 Acquired Brain Injury: Slow to Recover program and the National Disability Insurance Scheme - August 2016DOC (73.5 KB)

What you need to do

To access the NDIS, the NDIA will need to know some information about you. You can provide this information in different ways. You might fill in a form or tell someone over the phone.

If you currently receive disability supports, your provider may be able to give the NDIA this information. If you are not currently receiving supports, you can contact the NDIA when the NDIS is available in your area.

Once the NDIA has this information, they will contact you to let you know if you are able to access the NDIS, and they will also tell you what the next steps are.

People who meet the NDIS access requirements are called participants.

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.

Find out how the changes might impact you

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