Choose the life you want to live.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is revolutionising the way you identify the supports you need to live your life.
With more choice and control over how, when and where your supports are provided, the NDIS puts you at the centre of the decision-making process about how you want to live your life.
You decide how your chosen support will help you achieve your goals in areas such as independence, involvement in your community, education, employment and health and wellbeing.
The NDIS takes a lifetime approach, supporting you today and for the future with a focus on improving outcomes throughout your life.
First steps: Am I eligible for the NDIS?
To join the NDIS, you need to meet you will need to meet certain eligibility requirements.
You may be eligible if
- You are under 65 years of age
- You are an Australian citizen, a permanent resident, or New Zealand citizen who is a Protected Special Category Visa holder
- You have a permanent or significant disability that requires help from others to do things, equipment or assistive technology
- The scheme is available where you live
- In some cases, your early intervention requirements
If you currently receive disability services you will be contacted by the National Disability Insurance Agency before your area transitions.
Off to the best start.
Once you know you are eligible for NDIS support, it’s a good idea to start preparing.
Your NDIS planner will contact you to arrange a meeting to prepare your individualised plan at a time that is convenient to you (see our NDIS Plan Meeting Checklist for things to consider).
Use a pre-planning tool to help you capture all the information you will need for your meeting (download the free Leap in! pre-planning app here).
Your first plan.
Given the number of people transitioning to the NDIS at the same time, the NDIS has implemented a streamlined planning process.
For your first plan, your NDIS planner will initially focus on ensuring the continuity of your existing supports. This provides you with time to develop your goals and to explore your options in preparation for your next plan.
However, your goals should be discussed at your first plan, so it’s important to consider the life you want to lead. There is no pressure though, as they can evolve over time, with each plan to ensure that continue to meet your needs.
Your plan reviews.
You will review your plan with your NDIS planner at agreed review dates (usually around every 12 months).
If your circumstances change, you can request a review at any time.