The NDIS is a package of supports and services for people with disability in Australia. The National Disability Insurance Agency (known as the NDIA) is a government agency. They run the NDIS and make decisions about who can get the NDIS. 


Who can claim the NDIS?

To be eligible to apply for the NDIS, you must: 

  • Have Australian residency
  • Be under 65 years old
  • Live in an area where the NDIS is available
  • Have a permanent impairment or disability which affects your everyday life

Use the NDIS access checker to see if you are eligible to apply for the NDIS.

Please note that being eligible for the NDIS does not automatically mean you will get the NDIS. You have to apply for the NDIS, and your application is then reviewed by the NDIA.


How do I apply for the NDIS?  

If you get disability support services the NDIA will contact you to arrange a planning meeting. You can check here to see when the NDIS is coming to your area.

If you do not get disability support services and want to apply for the NDIS, you will need to get an access request form. You can find the number to call the NDIA for an access request form here. When you call the NDIA, you will be asked questions to see if you are eligible for the NDIS. The NDIA will then post a form to you.

If you need the form in a different format, tell the NDIA when you call them. You should receive the form within 2- 6 weeks.

The access request form will ask you for evidence which shows that you have a disability. The evidence could be a letter from your doctor. Read the form carefully. You need to fill in the form and post it back to the NDIA. You also need to send your evidence back to the NDIA.

Once you have sent the form back, you will get a letter or a call from the NDIA to arrange a meeting with you in person. This is known as a planning meeting. You may want to talk on the phone instead of meeting in person for the planning meeting.  You will need to tell the NDIA if this is the case.