What is the National Disability Insurance Scheme?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of supporting people with permanent and significant disability.

The NDIS is designed to give individuals greater choice and control over when, where and how their funded supports are provided.


What services do occupational therapists provide in the NDIS?
Occupational therapists are skilled in a number of areas, including mental health, rehabilitation, pain management, driving assessments and paediatrics. They can help you to identify interests and goals, manage daily routines at home and in the community, modify daily tasks to make them easier to perform, and recommend activities that you can participate effectively in.

Occupational therapists work with people across the lifespan. They provide a range of supports and services to NDIS participants, including:

  • Assistive technology (aids and equipment)
  • Home modifications
  • Vehicle modifications and driving assessments
  • Assessment of personal support needs (personal care)
  • Coordinating respite care
  • Housing assessments for participants requiring Specialist Disability Accommodation
  • Transport assistance
  • Orientation and mobility training
  • Supported employment evaluation and training services
  • Helping children to reach their developmental goals through interventions such as play-based therapy
  • Whole of life personal planning


Am I eligible?

If you are under the age of 65 and have a disability that affects your ability to take part in everyday activities, you may be eligible for the NDIS.

The NDIS is not available to people over 65. However if you turn 65 after you have been approved as a participant in the scheme, you can choose to continue receiving supports through the NDIS.

The best place to start is the NDIS Access Checklist, which is available at www.ndis.gov.au/ndis-access-checklist. Alternatively, you can call the NDIS directly on 1800 800 110.

For more information about access requirements, visit www.ndis.gov.au/people-disability/access-requirements.


Is the NDIS currently available where I live?

The NDIS began in July 2013 in four locations. Roll out of the full scheme began progressively in all states and territories (except Western Australia) in July 2016.

In some areas, you need to be a certain age to access the scheme. All eligible Australians with disability will have access to the NDIS by 2020.

In some cases, you may meet the access requirements up to six months prior to the NDIS rolling out in your area. For more information about the roll out of the NDIS and current sites, visit www.ndis.gov.au/about-us/our-sites


How do I find an OT

If you think you are eligible for NDIS funding, you should visit www.ndis.gov.au for more information.

Once approved, you will then work with an NDIS Planner and/or Local Area Coordinator to develop your support plan. Each participant in the scheme has an individualised plan that identifies the specific outcomes they wish to achieve, the disability supports that will be funded by the NDIS and other supports they require.

The NDIS is unique in that participants are given choice and control over their supports they receive.

If you decide you would like assistance from an occupational therapist then you will need to select from a list of NDIS providers accessible via the NDIS website.

Registered NDIS providers have been approved to deliver a support or product to a participant in the NDIS. If you choose to self-manage your NDIS funding, you may also access services from providers who have not registered with the NDIS.

To find an occupational therapist near you and to check if they are a registered NDIS provider, visit www.otaus.com.au/find-an-occupational-therapist