Can my young child be a participant in the NDIS?

For children aged 0-6, participants in the NDIS must meet the following requirements:

1. Permanent residency requirements

  • Australian citizen
  • Permanent visa
  • –Or a ‘Special Category Visa’ holder

AND

2. Meets the early intervention requirements

To meet the early intervention requirements, a child must:
a. Have one or more identified intellectual, cognitive, neurological, sensory or physical
impairments that are, or are likely to be, permanent, or
b. Have one or more identified impairments that are attributable to a psychiatric condition and are, or are likely to be, permanent, or
c. Is a child who has developmental delay.

The NDIS also has to agree that the provision of early intervention supports for the person is likely to benefit the person by reducing the person’s future needs for supports in relation to disability. And that the provision of early intervention supports for the person is likely to benefit the person by:
a. Improving the child’s ability to undertake communication, social interaction, learning, mobility, self‑care or self‑management, or
b. Preventing the deterioration of 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.

You can read more about the NDIS’s criteria for Early Intervention here