The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of providing individualised support for people with disability, their families and carers. It is being rolled out nationally from June 2016 to provide long term, high quality support to people who have a permanent disability. The NDIS will focus on intensive early intervention, and will include a comprehensive information referral service, to help people with a disability who need to access mainstream disability and community support.
To participate in the NDIS, people with disability need to meet both the age and residence requirement as well as the disability or early intervention requirements.
People need to be aged less than 65 years when they make an access request.
They need to:
They will meet the disability requirements if:
Please use the NDIS Access Checklist to check eligibility.
To apply for the NDIS phone 1800 800 110 for an application form.
The NDIS provides services to support children with a developmental delay or disability. Developmental delay is a term used when a child takes longer to reach age-appropriate developmental milestones. For some children developmental delays may be temporary, for others it may be a sign they have another condition.
Children may qualify for NDIS support for a developmental delay if they:
Visit the NDIS website for information on how to provide evidence of a developmental delay.
Families will meet with an early childhood partner to discuss their needs. The early childhood partner will draw on their specialised early childhood knowledge to determine appropriate support for the child and family, including information, emotional support and specialised early intervention support. With an emphasis on inclusion, each child will be supported in a range of mainstream settings, such as preschool, play group and other early childhood settings. This gives them an increased opportunity to learn and develop positive social relationships.
Support will be delivered through a family-centred approach, which builds on family and carer strengths in order to improve the child’s development and overall quality of life. Children who require more intensive early intervention support services will get a plan of supports and each family will be able to choose a provider(s) to best meet their needs.
Steps to access support for developmental delays