Do I qualify for the NDIS?

Do I qualify for the NDIS?

If you or someone you know is interested in applying for support through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), continue reading to learn more about what the NDIS is, and whether or not you may be eligible to receive funding.

What is the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)?

The NDIS is a government scheme that funds costs associated with having a permanent disability. Participants of the NDIS have a persoanlised plan and budget which is based on their individual needs and goals. The funding that they are allocated can be used to pay for a wide range disability support services from service providers of their choice.

Am I eligible for the NDIS?

You might be eligible for the NDIS if you have a permanent disability that requires ongoing support. The final decision is made by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), who look at each applicant’s individual case to decide who is eligible and who is not. Some of the key factors that are considered when assessing an application include:

  1. Does the applicant have a permanent disability?

The NDIS is designed to support individuals who are living with a permanent, life-long disability. You are unlikely to qualify for the NDIS if you’re seeking support due to temporary illness, injuries or treatment-curable conditions.

  1. Does the applicant require support from another person or from specialised equipment?

NDIS support is intended for people who require ongoing assistance due to the significance of their disability. You might not be eligible for the NDIS if your permanent disability does not require much support in your day-to-day life.

  1. Is the applicant an Australian citizen currently living in Australia?

The NDIS is only available to Australian citizens and people with a permanent or protected special category visa. You are not eligible to apply for the NDIS if you don’t fall into these categories or if you are currently living outside of Australia.

Supporting Your Application

When applying to the NDIS you need to provide as much evidence as possible to show the impact your disability has on your day to day life. This should include things such as recent letters and reports from your doctors or treating professionals that confirm your disability and the functional impact it has on your life. This evidence needs to outline the treatments you have previously undertaken and may undertake in the future, to show that your disability is permanent.

This evidence is crucial to helping the NDIS understand your disability and the support that you require, to give you the best chance of your application being approved.

If your application is not successful and you feel the decision is incorrect, you can and should re-apply. Typically, this means that the evidence you provided is not enough or does not show the functional impact of your disability on your daily life. The more evidence you provide, the better your chances, so seek support from your medical professionals, carers, family and friends to build a strong case to present to the NDIA. It is not uncommon for applicants to apply multiple times before being approved, so don’t lose hope immediately!

If you have any questions regarding applying for the NDIS or whether or not you may be eligible, feel free to contact the team at Bila Support Services.

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We are committed to cultivating inclusive environments for staff, consumers, and carers. We celebrate, value, and include people of all backgrounds, genders, sexualities, cultures, bodies, and abilities.