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What Disabilities Does the NDIS Cover?

NDIS eligibility

The NDIS aims to produce lifetime support for people with disabilities to enhance their quality of life. Read below to determine if your disability qualifies for NDIS support.

These are the categories of disabilities that may be considered for NDIS- 

Disabilities are wide-ranging and make up various categories, including:

  • Physical disability – Physical disability may be a limitation on somebody’s physical functioning, mobility, dexterity or stamina.  A person who is born with a physical disability or the ones who acquired it later in life through different accidents, injuries, illness or any kind of side effects due to the medical treatment.
  • Intellectual disability – Intellectual disability (ID), once called subnormality, is characterised by below-average intelligence or capacity and an absence of skills necessary for day-to-day living. People who have intellectual disabilities could learn new skills, but they could learn them slowly. 
  • Cognitive disability – Cognitive disability (also called intellectual disability) could be a nebulous term describing an individual who has greater difficulty with mental tasks than the typical person. Cognitive disabilities are far and away the foremost common variety of disability. Most cognitive disabilities have been rooted in biology or physiology.
  • Psychiatric disability – Psychiatric disability includes recognisable symptoms and behaviour patterns, frequently related to distress, which can impair personal functioning in normal group action. For the psychiatric disabilities one would expect there would be a diagnosis.
  • Neurological disability – Neurological disabilities include a good range of disorders, like epilepsy, learning disabilities, neuromuscular disorders, autism, ADD, brain tumors, and encephalopathy, just to call some. Some neurological conditions are congenital, emerging before birth.
  • Sensory disability – A sensory disability may be a disability of the senses (e.g. sight, hearing, smell, touch, taste). As 95% of the data about the planet around us comes from our sight and hearing, a sensory disability can affect how someone gathers information from the globe around them.

To be eligible for the NDIS, you must have a minimum of one impairment that matches into one among these categories. The explanation for a disability isn’t a deciding factor for NDIS eligibility. It are often present from birth or obtained through an accident or illness later in life.


Additional NDIS eligibility

Your disability must also meet the following conditions.

  • Permanence

A disability is only eligible for the NDIS if it is permanent or likely to be permanent. Temporary disabilities are not eligible. This means that you should need lifelong support for your disability.

A disability can be permanent even when it affects you more or less severely at different times or when treatment may help to reduce the severity.

It is not considered permanent if treatment would substantially improve your condition.

  • Participation

Your disability should also prevent you or limit you from participating in social interactions or from joining the workforce.

  • Functional capacity

Finally, your disability should affect your ability to communicate, interact socially, learn, move around, groom yourself or manage daily tasks.

If you have a disability but it does not affect your ability to do one of the above, then you are likely not eligible for the NDIS.

  • Early intervention

If your child has a permanent developmental delay, they may be eligible for the NDIS under the early intervention stream. The aim of early intervention support is to reduce your child’s need for support later in life by:

  • reducing the effect that the disability has on their ability to function
  • strengthening their informal support group, including family and friends
  • improving their personal carer’s ability to provide effective support.

Proving NDIS eligibility

If you believe your disability meets the above conditions, you will need to provide evidence by covering these three key areas:

  • What disability do you have?
  • How long will the disability last?
  • How does the disability affect you?

The best person to help you provide evidence for your disability is your treating health professional.

There are ways that can ease the difficulties that are caused due to disabilities. There are disability care services that would provide you with ways to improve the lifestyle and convenience. 


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