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National Disability Insurance Scheme

The NDIS is the new way of funding disability services and supports in Australia. It provides individual support for people with permanent and significant disability, their families and carers. The NDIS aims to provide people with a disability with choice, control and flexibility in the management of their program of services and supports.

Assistance from the NDIS is not means tested and does not impact on income support such as the disability support pension or carers allowance.

Is your child eligible for the NDIS?

The National Disability insurance Agency has developed a pathway for children who are deaf or hard of hearing to access the National Disability insurance Scheme with minimal delay following the diagnosis of hearing loss in a child aged 0-6 years. Most children who are deaf or hard of hearing and aged 7 years and over will meet the eligibility requirements for the NDIS.

More information: NDIS Pathway Hearing Stream 0-6 years Factsheet


In order to access the NDIS you need to

  • Live in Australia
  • Be an Australian citizen, Permanent Visa holder or  a Protected Special Category Visa holder 
  • Be aged under 65 years when first accessing the scheme
  • Have a permanent and significant disability that affects your ability to take part in everyday situations. There are certain disability or early intervention requirements that have to be met.

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NDIS Roll out

The first stage of the NDIS began at a number of trial sites in July 2013. The NDIS is now available across most of Australia and is rolling out in Western Australia. 

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People who live in a location where NDIS is not yet available, can continue to access the existing Commonwealth, State and Territory funded disability services. This includes access to early intervention services for Deaf and hearing-impaired children, hearing services for children and young adults under the Australian Government Hearing Services Program from Australian Hearing, and services from cochlear implant programs.

What assistance is available through the NDIS?

The NDIS provides information and referrals, support to access community services and activities, personal plans and supports over a lifetime.

NDIS Pathway

The NDIS website has extensive information available to assist you.

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21-Jan-2020 4:46 PM (AEST)