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The National Disability Insurance Scheme, also called the NDIS for short, was created to help people of all abilities in Australia. It provides people of all abilities, their caregivers, and their families with some much-needed support.
Taking care of a person with physical or intellectual impairments can be expensive and challenging without the proper support.
Fortunately, the NDIS can help lessen these expenses and give the person under your care access to helpful resources and support services. They can also help the person under your care find employment in inclusive organisations.
In order to experience the many benefits of the NDIS, the person under your care must be eligible for it and there is an NDIS eligibility checklist that they must meet.
There are many requirements for NDIS eligibility, so we will take a look at all of them and delve into what you need to do to apply for the service.
These are the criteria the person under your care must meet in order to qualify for NDIS funding.
There is an age range for NDIS eligibility; the person under your care should be no younger than 7 years old and no older than 65 years of age.
If the person under your care is a child younger than seven years of age, there are many early childhood partners in Australia that can assist you with your child’s unique needs through the early childhood approach (This link will take you to a page on the NDIS website about the early childhood approach).
For individuals over 65 years of age, there are other kinds of support you can opt for, such as the Commonwealth Home Support Programme.
The person under your care must be an Australian citizen to access NDIS support. They can still be eligible if they hold a permanent visa or have a protected special category visa, which is a type of temporary visa given to citizens of New Zealand.
In order to qualify for protected status, the person under your care must meet one of two requirements:
- They held a protected special category visa on the 26th of February 2001 and were in Australia on that date.
- They lived in Australia for at least 12 months in the two years before the 26th of February 2001 and returned to Australia on this date.
Also, the person under your care must be residing in Australia at the time of applying for NDIS funding. If you and the person under your care decide to move abroad, the NDIS plan may be cancelled.
All abilities requirements
The purpose of the NDIS is to help people with physical and intellectual impairments get the support they need to live independently and make the best out of their circumstances.
That being said, the person under your care can only access NDIS funding if they meet the following criteria:
- Their condition impairs them intellectually, physically, cognitively, sensorily and neurologically.
- Their impairment is permanent.
- Their condition impacts their ability to socialise and work in a normal job.
- Their impairment affects their mobility, and ability to communicate, learn, and take care of themselves.
- They would potentially require NDIS support their entire lives.
If the person under your care doesn’t meet the above criteria, they may still gain access to funding if they qualify under early intervention.
Early intervention requirements were created for individuals who don’t meet the all abilities requirements but still deserve to be supported by the NDIS. By meeting these requirements, the person under your care may receive support as early as possible.
To qualify for this, the person under your care must have an impairment that is permanent or is likely to become permanent in the future. The kinds of impairments that qualify include:
- Degenerative conditions
- Cognitive impairment
- Intellectual impairment
- Physical impairment
- Sensory impairment
- Neurological impairment
If the person under your care is a child with a developmental delay, they can get access to NDIS support if the National Disability Insurance Agency is satisfied that early intervention will:
- Reduce the child's need for support later in life.
- Help prevent the child’s condition from deteriorating and help their families support them.
- Be a better alternative for the child as compared to another healthcare programme.
Applying for NDIS support
If the person under your care meets all the criteria for NDIS support, here’s how you can start applying them for NDIS support.
First, you will need to call the NDIS for an access request, after which you and the person under your care will need to fill out and submit an access request form. This form will ask various questions and check if the person under your care meets the eligibility criteria.
Also, the person under your care will need to provide evidence of their condition alongside the access request. They will need to describe their condition in detail and mention how it affects their life.
If the application gets approved, the National Disability Insurance Agency will call you and the person under your care to arrange a planning meeting.
Before going for the meeting, the person under your care will need to choose their goals, the types of support they want and how they will do NDIS fund management (This link will take you to a blog post on the Shine SC website about NDIS fund management).
It should be noted that the approval process can take time and the person under your care may need to wait for a while to get the call for the meeting. While you wait, you could try to get a referral from the person under your care’s doctor for access to some services.
Get help on your NDIS eligibility checklist today
The process of accessing NDIS support can be a long one, but with the support of a local all-abilities services provider, the person under your care can get help in understanding the eligibility.
Access NDIS support today and help the person under your care live a full and independent life.
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