What Disabilities Does the NDIS Cover?

The NDIS aims to provide lifetime support for people with disability to improve their quality of life. Read below to see if your disability qualifies for NDIS support.

Types of disabilities

Disabilities are wide-ranging and fall under various categories, including:

• physical disability
• intellectual disability
• cognitive disability
• psychiatric disability
• neurological disability
• sensory disability

To be eligible for the NDIS, you should have at least one impairment that fits into one of these categories. The cause of a disability is not a deciding factor for NDIS eligibility. It can be present from birth or obtained through an accident or illness later in life.

Additional NDIS eligibility

Your disability must also meet the following conditions.


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.


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.

OSAN Ability Assist

If you are considering applying for the NDIS, we can help you streamline the process by answering your questions and getting things moving. Our friendly specialists are available to discuss your unique circumstances and give you tailored advice. Call us now on 1300 799 941.

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