The NDIS aims to enhance the social and economic participation of people with disabilities, promote their independence, and create a more inclusive society by providing participants with greater support & opportunities. It operates on the principle that each participant’s disability and support needs are unique. Thus, it offers highly personalised plans tailored to their specific requirements and goals. Once their application is approved, participants work closely with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to develop their NDIS plan. This plan is unique for every participant and outlines their goals, aspirations, and the support services they require.
To be eligible for the NDIS, individuals must have a physical, intellectual, motor, sensory, or psychosocial disability that impacts their daily functioning. Anyone between the ages of 8 and 65 and is an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or holds a Protected Special Category Visa can apply for the scheme. In other words, anyone with a significant or permanent disability can apply for the scheme regardless of income or assets. It ensures that support is provided based on the individual’s disability needs rather than their financial situation.