The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides individualised support for people with disability, their families and carers - it's the insurance that is designed to give us all peace of mind.
"Disability could affect anyone and having the right support makes a big difference," a spokesperson said. "The NDIS provides eligible people a flexible, whole-of-life approach to the support needed to pursue their goals and aspirations and participate in daily life.
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Some people aren't sure if they qualify so here are the rules. To access the NDIS you must:
- Live in Australia and be: an Australian citizen OR a permanent resident OR hold a Protected Special Category Visa.
- To access the NDIS you must be aged under 65 years. In some locations, you need to be a certain age to access the NDIS during the trial period. Other supports may be available if you don't qualify.
- To access the NDIS right now, you must live in an NDIS area on a designated date. In some of these areas, you also need to be a certain age to access the scheme.
- To meet the NDIS disability rules you need to have an impairment or condition that is likely to be permanent (lifelong) and that stops you from doing everyday things by yourself
Call the NDIA on 1800 800 110 if you have any questions or to ask for an access request form.