31 March 2017
What happens to my services if I am aged 65 years or over when the National Disability Scheme is implemented (NDIS)? – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Anne-Marie Kennedy
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is the agency responsible for determining eligibility for the NDIS. To become an NDIS participant, you must meet the residency and disability or early intervention access requirements and be under 65 years of age.
The important thing for people with disability aged 65 years and over is to know if you are currently receiving specialist disability supports you will not be disadvantaged. You will continue to receive services similar to those you currently receive.
If you are aged over 65 years and over and do not currently receive specialist disability supports, or you acquire a disability after the age of 65 years, you will receive support through the Commonwealth aged care system.
What happens if I turn 65 years after I become an NDIS participant?
If you turn 65 years after you have become and NDIS participant you will have a choice. You can either continue to receive disability supports under the NDIS or receive supports through the Commonwealth aged care system.
What happens to my services if I choose to continue as an NDIS participant after I turn 65 years?
Nothing. Your supports continue as they did before you turned 65 years of age.
For more information call Interchange Australia on 1300 112 334 and ask to speak with one of our consultants.