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The NDIS provides funding to eligible people, so they can get the support and help needed to reach their goals. There are eligibility requirements for getting NDIS funding.


To be eligible for the NDIS you must:

  • be under the age of 65 years old when applying
  • meet citizenship requirements
  • meet disability requirements.

Further information about eligibility, including an eligibility checklist can be found on the NDIS website.

How to apply

If you’re eligible, you need to make an ‘Access Request’. You can do this over the phone by calling 1800 800 110 or by filling in an Access Request form. You will need to provide the same information and evidence, whether you ask for access on the phone or by filling in the form. A Local Area Coordinator or Early Childhood Intervention partner can help you fill in the form, if you need help.

You can find more details about applying and making an Access Request on the NDIS website.

The planning process

There are four major phases in getting NDIS support.


The pre-planning phase happens between making an Access Request and attending a planning meeting. This phase involves collecting information about current supports, and other supports that are required. You will also need to provide evidence of disability from treating health professionals. This assessment and planning process form the basis of an NDIS plan. Further information about planning can be found on the NDIS website.

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