Are you eligible for The NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme)

In this article, you will learn about the NDIS meal plan delivery:

Before you start looking for an NDIS meal plan. Here is a brief introduction to NDIS:

NDIS stands for (National Disability Insurance Scheme)-

National: The NDIS is being introduced progressively across all states and territories.

Disability: The NDIS provides support to eligible people with intellectual, physical, sensory, cognitive and psychosocial disability. Early intervention support can also be provided for eligible people with disability or children with developmental delay.

Insurance: The NDIS gives all Australians peace of mind if they, their child or loved one is born with or acquires a permanent and significant disability, they will get the support they need.

Scheme: The NDIS is not a welfare system. The NDIS is designed to help people get the support they need so their skills and independence improve over time.

Eligibility checklist:

The participant must satisfy the following:

  • age is between 7 and 65 years old.
  • The participant is:
  • Australian citizen 
  • Special category visa holders residing in the country 
  • Permanent resident 
  • Either the participant has a significant and permanent disability or the participant needs early intervention.


  • The participant must have one or more cognitive, intellectual, sensory, neurological, psychiatric, or physical impairments that have or are likely to have permanent consequences such as effects on social or economic participation abilities. The participant is unable to undertake at least one of the following activities:
  • Self-management 
  • Self-care 
  • Mobility 
  • Learning 
  • Social interaction 
  • Communication 
  • The participant requires this support for a lifetime.

In the case of the early intervention stream, it is or is likely to be permanent. The participant is a child with delayed development. Early intervention support reduces future disability-related support needs. This alleviates/mitigates the impairment’s impact on the participant’s functionality and makes the informal support more sustainable. This also builds the capacity of the participant’s carer. The NDIS provides or funds early intervention support. 

How to Provide Evidence of Disability

A participant needs to provide the following information: 

  • Disability 
  • Is it a permanent disability?
  • Treatment 
  • Impact of disability

A potential participant needs to fill out an Access Request Form. The form has a section asking for evidence.

*Access request form: Click here

The List A of the NDIA’s Operational Guideline – Access to the NDIS medical conditions that don’t require additional evidence to meet the disability requirements.

The List B of the NDIA’s Operational Guideline – Access to the NDIS medical conditions that may meet the disability requirements. However, they need to demonstrate the impairment:

  • It affects their capacity for economic or social participation.
  • substantially reduces psychosocial functioning or functional capacity.
  • requires lifetime support under the NDIS.


  1. When it comes to impairment in the context of NDIS, the focus is on the functional capacity related to the disability. It also focuses on how the reduced psychosocial functioning or functional capacity impacts the participant’s ability to undertake at least one of the following activities: 
  • Self-management 
  • Communication 
  • Self-care 
  • Mobility 
  • Learning 
  • Social interaction

Permanent Impairment

The NDIA considers an impairment as permanent if no evidence-based treatment can cure or make a substantial improvement. No further medical review or treatment is required. The impairment is degenerative in nature. The NDIA assesses each impairment separately if the participant has more than one impairment.

Medical Conditions and Access Requirements A participant under 7 will satisfy the requirements of early intervention if the participant has at least one of the conditions on List D of the NDIA’s Operational Guideline – Access to the NDIS. This does not require further assessment. 

Other Circumstances Providing Streamlined Access Requirements

In conditions in List D, List B or List A may have the eligibility assessment process streamlined. The process is also streamlined when the participant has received support under certain commonwealth, territory or state schemes. The List C of the NDIA’s Operational Guideline – Access to the NDIS the clients of these programs. The NDIS and these programs have equivalent disability requirements. Therefore, no further assessment is required to meet the disability requirements.

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