NDIS Eligibility Criteria

NDIS Eligibility Criteria for Perth Residents

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a key initiative by the Australian Government that provides essential support services and resources for Australians with significant and permanent disabilities. The goal of the NDIS is to help individuals with disabilities increase their independence, enhance their wellbeing, and participate more fully in social and economic activities.

To be eligible for the NDIS as a Perth resident, applicants must meet specific age, residency, disability and early intervention requirements:

Age Requirement

  • Applicants must be under 65 years old when initially applying for the NDIS. Once accepted into the scheme, participants can continue receiving NDIS support even after turning 65. There is no upper age limit to remain on the NDIS once approved.

Residency Requirement

  • Applicants must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident currently living in Perth, Western Australia. Temporary residents are not eligible.

Disability Requirement

  • Applicants must have a permanent and significant disability that is attributable to an intellectual, cognitive, neurological, sensory or physical impairment or a psychiatric condition.
  • The disability must impact the individual’s functional capacity and abilities across key life areas such as communication, mobility, self-care, self-management, interpersonal skills and learning. Periodic, intermittent or temporary disabilities do not qualify.


Interested applicants in Perth can use the NDIS Access Checklist on the NDIS website to gauge their potential eligibility. Consulting with a GP or specialist about your disability and functional impacts can also help in applying. Additionally, contacting the NDIS directly to discuss your specific situation is recommended.

For more information, visit: https://www.ndis.gov.au/applying-access-ndis/am-i-eligible