Transition from NDIS to aged care

< Understanding disability and aged care services

Currently there is no automatic transition from NDIS to My Aged Care.
Upon turning 65 years old, if you have been on the NDIS funding, you have a choice to move to MyAged Care or remain on the NDIS.
These are two separate pools of funding initially dependent on the age of the applicant. Discussions with the Federal Government to open up the NDIS to those over 65 as well who have a disability are on-going.
In short, to be eligible for the NDIS you will need to apply before turning 65 years of age and have functional impairments brought on by a developmental, intellectual or mental health disability or an acquired disability such as from an accident or illness, which restricts your ability to lead an independent life. It provides funding for in-home supports such as support workers, equipment and home modifications. Once approved for a NDIS funding budget, it is for life.
Currently My Aged Care is for those 65 years and older (50 years or older for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people) whose independence is impacted by the aging process and its effects and where it reduces their capacity to continue their self-care. You may need in-home services to continue to live in your existing home. Some may consider relocation to supported accommodation in either an aged care home providing different levels of support or in a retirement village. If you acquire or develop a disability after 65 years of age you currently cannot apply to the NDIS for additional funding.

Date last reviewed: 16 September 2021

Important Note: This information was developed by Haemophilia Foundation Australia for education and information purposes only and does not replace advice from a treating health professional. Always see your health care provider for assessment and advice about your individual health before taking action or relying on published information. This information may be printed or photocopied for educational purposes.

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