Mental health conditions and the NDIS: Part 2


NDIS eligibility.


The National Disability Scheme (NDIS) is designed to support people with a permanent and significant disability to live their life the way they choose.

If you want to access the NDIS, you’ll need to complete an Access Request. This involves completing some forms and providing background information so the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) that operates the NDIS can determine if you’re eligible.


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We’ve outlined some of the important criteria below.

  1. Age requirements. You may be eligible to apply for the NDIS if you are aged between 7 and 65 years old. The NDIS also has an Early Childhood Early Intervention program for children aged 0-6 years.
  2. Residency requirements.


You must live in Australia and

  • be an Australian citizen, or
  • hold a permanent visa, or
  • hold a special category visa (SCV).


If you spend a lot of time overseas, you’ll need to demonstrate strong ties to Australia such as owning a home or having a long-term rental agreement and having family in Australia. You might also have to provide information about how often you travel overseas and the length of your trips.

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