To participate in the WA NDIS trial individuals will need to meet the age, residence and disability or early intervention requirements outlined below.
To participate in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), a person must be under 65 years-old at the time they request to join the trial.
However, if you are receiving Commission funded or provided services and are under 65 at the start date of the applicable trial, you may be eligible to join. The WA NDIS trial in the Lower South West started on 1 July 2014, the Cockburn and Kwinana area started on 1 July 2015 and the Armadale, Serpentine-Jarrahdale and Murray area will start from 1 October 2016.
A person meets the residence requirements if they:
- are an Australian citizen OR the holder of a permanent visa OR a protected Special Category Visa (SCV, subclass 444) and
- permanently reside in the Lower South West (on 1 July 2014),Cockburn/Kwinana (on 1 July 2015) or Armadale, Serpentine-Jarrahdale and Murray (on 1 October 2016) regions of Western Australia.
If a person moves into the trial site areas after the trial commences, there are limited circumstances in which participation can still occur:
- the person will need to have moved into the trial sites for a reason other than to access the NDIS (for example, employment, education, health care or family support); and
- exceptional circumstances apply, for example if the person would suffer significant financial or personal hardship if they are unable to access the NDIS. Such decisions will be determined by the Director General, Disability Services Commission.
A person meets the disability requirements if they have a disability which:
- is attributable to an intellectual, cognitive, neurological, sensory or physical impairment or to one or more impairments attributable to a psychiatric condition; and
- the impairment or impairments are, or are likely to be, permanent; and
- the impairment or impairments result in substantially reduced functional capacity to undertake, or psychosocial functioning in undertaking, one or more of the following activities: communication, social interaction, learning, mobility, self-care, self-management; and
- the impairment or impairments affect the individual’s capacity for social or economic participation; and
- the person is likely to require support under the NDIS for their lifetime.
Early intervention requirements
A person meets the early intervention requirements if they:
- have one or more identified intellectual, cognitive, neurological, sensory or physical impairments that are, or are likely to be, permanent; or
- have one or more identified impairments that are attributable to a psychiatric condition and are, or are likely to be, permanent; or
- are a child who has developmental delay; and
- the Commission is satisfied that provision of early intervention supports for the person is likely to benefit them by reducing their future needs for supports in relation to disability; and
- the Commission is satisfied that provision of early intervention supports for the person is likely to benefit them by:
(a) mitigating or alleviating the impact of the person’s impairment upon their functional capacity to undertake communication, social interaction, learning, mobility, self-care or self-management; or
(b) preventing the deterioration of such functional capacity; or
(c) improving such functional capacity; or
(d) strengthening the sustainability of informal supports available to the person, including through building the capacity of the person’s carer.
Note: In certain circumstances, a person with a degenerative condition could meet the early intervention requirements and therefore be eligible to participate.