The NDIS is designed to support people with permanent disabilities for their whole life. To gain an NDIS plan, a person must first apply to the NDIS (known as "making an access request"), demonstrating that they meet the entry criteria which are set out by the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013, and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (Becoming a Participant) Rules 2016.
Simply put, this means a person needs to be able to demonstrate:
You can also learn more about accessing the NDIS by taking our Accessing the NDIS training module.
Usually, people apply to the NDIS via the NDIS's "Access request form" or ARF; however, this is more appropriate for people with physical and intellectual disabilities.
People with a mental health condition may find it simpler to initiate a "Verbal access request" or VAR, and use the Evidence of psychosocial disability form.
Before using this form you should readStreamlined access for people with psychosocial disability
which describes the steps required to complete an access request for someone with a psychosocial disability, includes links to a related suite of tools and resources, and includes a handy check list for to use when completing an application.