The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), launched on the 1 July 2013, aims to provide community linking and individualised support for people with permanent and significant disability, their families and carers. The initial launch of the NDIS occurred in Tasmania as a trial site for youth with disabilities, and was followed by a trial site in South Australia for children with disabilities and two sites – the Barwon area of Victoria and the Hunter region of New South Wales – for people aged up to 65 with disabilities. From 1 July 2014 the NDIS will be expanded to all of the Australian Capital Territory, the Barkly region of the Northern Territory and the Perth Hills area of Western Australia.

For more information about where and when the National Disability Insurance Scheme is available go to Roll out of National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Registering as a National Disability Insurance Scheme provider

Psychologists can become providers and be registered on the NDIS website to provide a range of ‘supports’ including assessment, early intervention, behaviour support and therapy. Information about becoming a provider can be found here.

Eligibility for NDIS services

A person accessing the NDIS must be able to show that they are eligible for the scheme in relation to:

  • their disability (resulting from impairment)
  • the permanence of their disability
  • the impact on their functional capacity (e.g., communication, activities of daily living)
  • the impairment or impairments affecting the person’s capacity for social and economic participation

To qualify for eligibility for the early intervention component of the scheme the person:

  • must have one or more of the following: intellectual, cognitive, neurological, sensory or physical impairment that is, or is likely to be, permanent
  • has one or more identified impairment that is attributable to a psychiatric condition and is, or is likely to be, permanent
  • is a child who has developmental delay

For some people the question of eligibility may be more complex, or the NDIS may need extra information to support the planning process. In these circumstances, they may request a registered provider to assess an individual. For more information about eligibility requirements go to the operational guidelines.

Frequently Asked Questions

For further information about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), visit
http://www.ndis.gov.au/