People under the age of 65, or over the age of 50 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, at the time of a serious TBI are likely to be eligible to apply to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
The NDIS provides support for Australians with disability, their families and carers.
As an insurance scheme, the NDIS takes a lifetime approach, investing in people with disability early to improve their outcomes later in life.
The NDIS ensures that if someone is born with or acquires a permanent and significant disability they will get the support they need.
The NDIS supports people with disability to build skills and capability so they can participate in the community and employment.
To be eligible to access the NDIS one must:
- live in Australia and be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident or hold a Protected Special Category Visa
- be aged under 65 years, or under 50 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, at the time of acquiring the disability
- usually need support from a person or equipment to do everyday things for themselves because of an impairment or condition that is likely to be permanent
- need some supports now to reduce their support needs in the future.