National Disability Insurance Scheme

This page has information about the NDIS for parents and carers of children and young people living with disability in South Australia.

To contact NDIS please call 1800 800 110

NDIS stands for National Disability Insurance Scheme.

The NDIS is new way for people living with disability to get support and funding.

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) runs the NDIS.

You can use the NDIS to get what your child needs to reach their goals and live an ordinary life.

This might include:

  • equipment and therapy
  • things that help your child go to school, sports clubs or community groups
  • access to healthcare
  • support for your family to care for your child
  • anything that helps your child to be more independent.

The NDIS calls these things:

  • Access to mainstream services and supports
  • Access to community services and supports
  • Maintaining your informal support arrangements
  • Receiving reasonable and necessary supports.


The NDIS is for people under the age of 65 who live with permanent or significant disability.

This means the person will probably have the disability their whole life, and it affects how they do everyday activities like making meals, having a shower, going to work or school.


The NDIS is not available to everyone, everywhere in Australia. It will be made available around the country in stages. The NDIS website has information for parents and carers that live in another state or territory.

Use the below information to see if your child is eligible for the NDIS.

Download the Accessing the NDIS Fact Sheet.

Use the My NDIS Pathway guide to becoming a participant.


Your child will be eligible for the NDIS if they meet the access requirements. These include:

Age requirements (South Australia)

  • Kids aged 0-14 can enter the Scheme now
  • Teenagers aged 15-17 can enter the Scheme from 1 January 2017
  • Adults aged 18-64 can enter the Scheme from July 2017, depending on where they live.

Residence requirements

  • Where you live and your child’s citizenship.

Disability requirements

  • The type of disability your child lives with
  • How long they will have the disability for
  • How it affects them in their everyday life.

Early intervention requirements

  • Your child is less than six years old
  • The type of disability your child lives with
  • Getting supports now could help your child.

The NDIS talks about early intervention as the Early Childhood Early Intervention Approach and has more information about it on their website.




If your child is eligible, they will be called an NDIS participant.

If your child already gets supports from a South Australian Government disability program, you will get a letter and a phone call from an NDIS representative when it’s time for them to transition to the NDIS. The supports and services your child currently gets will continue until they are an NDIS participant.


If your child is eligible to be an NDIS participant, you will need to work with an NDIS planner to create your child’s first NDIS plan. The plan will help you get the supports you need for your child.

The plan might include:

  • Services your child already uses
  • The support your child gets from family, doctors, paid disability support providers, or at school
  • New things like support at home, therapy services or a wheelchair, to help your child achieve their goals
  • Which service provider you want to provide your child’s supports and services.

The planning process looks like this:

  • You will meet with an NDIS planner
  • You and a planner will create your child’s first plan
  • Your child will start their first plan
  • You and a planner will review your child’s plan every 12 months.

It helps to go into your first meeting prepared. Here are some tips:


Novita is a registered NDIS provider. Our services are flexible and tailored to your child’s needs, abilities and goals.

This is how to use your NDIS funding at Novita:

  1. Call 1300 NOVITA (1300 668 482) to speak with our Family Link team – they will talk you through service options, locations and fees
  2. Meet with a Novita Family link staff member to talk through your child’s support needs
  3. If you already know what your child needs, call us to book an appointment and get started as soon as possible
  4. Include Novita in your child’s plan
  5. Start supports and services – Your Family Link team member will be your key contact. They can give you information and support.

Have a chat with us

Need some help? Talk to Novita today on 1300 NOVITA (1300 668 482) or visit our Contact Us page for more ways to get in touch.

You can also call the NDIS on 1800 800 110

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