Here at Leap in! HQ, we are often asked a very good NDIS question:
What happens when I turn 65?
It’s a question that we hear often and wanted to share it and our answers with you.
Firstly, it depends whether you turn 65 after you become an NDIS participant or before. We’ve outlined both situations in this article.
What happens if I turn 65 after I become an NDIS participant?
If you turn 65 after you have become an NDIS participant, you will be given a choice to either continue to receive disability supports under the NDIS or to change and receive supports through the Commonwealth Aged Care System.
What happens to my supports if I choose to continue as a participant in the NDIS after I turn 65 years?
Luckily you won’t have to worry about anything changing as your supports continue as they did before you were 65 years of age.
What if I move into aged care?
If you enter residential aged care on a permanent basis after you turn 65, you will no longer be eligible for the NDIS. This refers to residential care or nursing in a residential facility that also provides accommodation.
What if I am receiving home care?
If you start receiving home care on a permanent basis after you turn 65, you will no longer be eligible to receive NDIS supports.
What if I am already aged over 65 years and not an NDIS participant?
If you are aged 65 years and over and are not already an NDIS participant, you are not eligible to access the NDIS. You may still receive supports but through the Commonwealth Aged Care System instead of the NDIS.
What if I acquire a disability after turning 65?
If you acquire a disability after you turn 65, you will not be eligible for the NDIS. Instead you will be assisted by mainstream services or aged care services.
If you have more questions or would like a better understanding of whether the NDIS plan management is right for you Leap in! is here to help.
We’ve even written an article on the topic that might help How do I know that plan management is right for me?
Originally published on 18 January 2019. Updated 18 September 2020.