- Impairment – note this does not have to be a diagnosed disability, as long as there is a way to prove the physical/mental impairment.
- Permanency – If the impairment is likely to be life long. Access Accessors are trained even the highest levels of specialists on this A separate form for mental illness which should, in theory, make it easier to apply
- Functional Capacity – how your impairment affects day to day living. Application form on NDIS website Proof from family with help of GP or specialist social worker
- Early Intervention If accessing the NDIS is seen as an early intervention, it is seen as financial and human interest that coincides with the government scheme. This can be an exception to permanency with the possibility of by-passing the requirement for a disability to be ‘permanent’
- Developmental delay – for kids under the age of 6-7 years old This can by-pass permanency too
The Accessibility to the NDIS
With the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) being the new system to provide people with disability (PWD) the supports they need, there are a lot of areas of uncertainty when accessing the scheme. The Access Assessors at the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) use a set criteria in order to grant people entry to the scheme of funding. It is reported that the NDIS has a budget of 22 billion a year and only let in 10% of most serious cases. The numbers of entrants are monitored very carefully in order to keep it affordable. The Scheme has 5 tests to gauge the validity of a PWD upon accessing the NDIS, which are: