The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a groundbreaking initiative by the Australian Government designed to support Australians with significant and permanent disabilities. The NDIS aims to help individuals gain greater independence, increase their social and economic participation, and enhance their overall quality of life. In Queensland, the NDIS is available to eligible residents, providing essential support and resources. This article will provide an in-depth understanding of the NDIS eligibility criteria for Queensland residents and direct you to relevant resources to determine if you or a loved one may be eligible for the scheme.

1. Age Requirements

To be eligible for the NDIS in Queensland, an individual must be under the age of 65 when applying for the scheme. However, once enrolled in the NDIS, participants can continue to receive support even after turning 65.


2. Residency Requirements

Applicants must reside in Queensland, Australia, and hold one of the following:

  • Australian citizenship
  • A Permanent Visa
  • A Protected Special Category Visa


3. Disability Requirements

The NDIS supports Queensland residents with a significant and permanent disability, which means:

  • The disability is attributable to an intellectual, cognitive, neurological, sensory, or physical impairment, or a psychiatric condition.
  • The disability is likely to be permanent (life-long).
  • The disability significantly impacts an individual’s functional capacity, resulting in the need for support in various areas such as communication, mobility, social interaction, learning, self-care, and self-management.


4. Early Intervention Requirements

The NDIS also offers early intervention support for Queensland residents who may not have a permanent disability but require assistance to prevent the condition from becoming worse or to lessen the impact of the disability. Early intervention support is available for:

  • Children aged six and under with developmental delay or disability.
  • Individuals with a disability that is likely to be permanent, and early intervention support will likely reduce the need for future support.

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