Who can access the NDIS?

Find out if you or someone you care for is eligible for the NDIS, and the mainstream and community supports in your area.


To be eligible for the NDIS you must:

  • have a permanent and significant disability or a developmental delay
  • be an Australian citizen, or hold a permanent visa or a Protected Special Category visa
  • be under 65 years of age
  • need support from a person or equipment to do everyday activities

If you want to be part of the NDIS, you must first meet the access requirements of the NDIS.

When you have gained access to the NDIS, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) or one of their partner organisations will work with you to develop your first plan.

If you don't meet the requirements, find out what you can do if you're not eligible for the NDIS. 

Local Area Coordination

Local Area Coordination (LAC) partners can help link you to the NDIS if you're eligible.

They can also help you create a plan, put that plan in place and review the plan as your needs change. 

LACs can also link you to mainstream and community supports in your area, even if you are not eligible for the NDIS.

In Victoria, depending on where you live, a different LAC Partner is available to assist you.

Visit the Brotherhood of St Laurence or phone 1300 275 634, if you're from:

  • North East Melbourne
  • Hume Moreland
  • Bayside Peninsula
  • Brimbank Melton
  • Western Melbourne

Visit Latrobe Community Health Service or phone 1800 242 696, if you're from:

  • Central Highlands
  • Ovens Murray
  • Wimmera South West
  • Barwon
  • Inner East Melbourne
  • Inner Gippsland
  • Outer Gippsland
  • Outer East Melbourne
  • Southern Melbourne 

Visit  Intereach or phone 1300 488 226, if you're from:

  • Loddon
  • Mallee
  • Goulburn 

Early Childhood Early Intervention

Early Childhood, Early Intervention (ECEI) is the way the NDIS supports children aged 0-6 years who have a developmental delay or disability and their families and carers.

Find more information on accessing ECEI services.

Reviewed 22 July 2019

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