How can patients apply?

Patients aged 6 years or younger

If your patient is aged 6 years or younger, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) utilises an Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) approach. This means you can refer the child directly to an NDIS ECEI Provider in their area, they do NOT require an Access Request Form to be completed. 

Patients aged between 7 and 65 years

Individuals aged between 7 and 65 years who wish to join the NDIS will need to contact the NDIA (the Agency responsible for running the Scheme) and request an Access Request Form (ARF). This can be done by:

Patients aged 65 years and over

If your patient is aged 65 years and over, they will not be eligible to apply for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). If they were already receiving government-funded disability supports services prior to the NDIS’ roll-out in their area, they will not be disadvantaged. They will continue to receive supports that achieve similar outcomes to those they currently receive under the Continuity of Supports (CoS) program.

Practical resources for GPs and other health professionals are available on the NDIS website.