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NDIS – Do you qualify?

Over 4 million Australians have varying levels of disability or chronic illness and the NDIS is only intended to cover approximately 460,000 of those people. Therefore, only Australian citizens under 65 with a permanent and significant disability which affects their ability to take part in everyday activities are eligible to be assessed for a funding package.

A person who is entering/accessing the NDIS scheme needs to identify the assistance they require as a result of their disability, and why the assistance will benefit them.

For children under 7 there is Early Childhood, Early Intervention (ECEI) funding.

Against each of the following criteria ask, does the individual need:

• assistance from another person (physical assistance, guidance, supervision or prompting)
• special equipment
• assistive technology

1. Mobility/motor skills moving around the home (crawling/walking), getting in or out of bed or a chair, leaving home and moving about in the community.

Question – does the person require assistance because of their disability?

2. Communication: Being understood in spoken, written or sign language, understanding others and express needs and wants by gesture, speech or context appropriate for age.

Question – does the person require assistance to communicate effectively because of their disability?

3. Social Interaction – making and keeping friends, interacting with the community (or playing with other children), coping with feelings and emotions.

Question – does the person require assistance to interact socially because of their disability?

4. Learning – Understanding and remembering information, learning new things, practising and using new skills.

Question – Does the person require assistance to learn effectively because of their disability?

5. Self-care (not for children under 2) showering, bathing, dressing, eating, toileting, caring for own health. Assistance required does not include commonly used items such as non-slip bath mats, bathroom grab rails and stairway handrails.

Question – does the person require assistance with self-care because of their disability?

6. Self-management – doing daily jobs, making decisions, handling money, (not for children under 8).

Question – Does the person require assistance with self-management because of their disability?

7. Impairment(s) are likely to be permanent and affect the person’s capacity for social or economic participation.

Note: If a person with a disability (or their nominee) is unhappy with an NDIS decision there are pathways for appeal. Time constraints apply, so seek the assistance of the NDIS Appeals Project Worker at Darwin Community Legal Service.