Eligibility for CoS

Page last updated: 17 January 2017

Eligibility for the Commonwealth Continuity of Support (CoS) Programme is based on an individual’s circumstances and criteria. This includes a person’s age or if you identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

The CoS Programme will support people with disability who meet all of the following criteria:

  • are 65 years and over or 50 years and over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, at the time the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) begins rolling out in their region
  • are assessed as being ineligible for the NDIS at the time the NDIS begins rolling out in their region
  • are an existing client of state-administered specialist disability services at the time the CoS Programme rolls out in their region.

An existing client means the person:

  • is receiving state-administered specialist disability services or has a booking/s for these services with a service provider at the time the CoS Programme rolls out in their region. This could include having a set date and time when services will be delivered being agreed even though services may not have started, or
  • has received state-administered specialist disability services in the twelve months before the CoS Programme rolls out in their region.

Eligibility for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability receiving state or territory administered specialist disability services, and who are below 65 years of age when NDIS begins being rolled out in their region, may be eligible for the NDIS.

Indigenous people with disability aged 50 to 64 in the state disability system and found to be ineligible for the NDIS support, for reasons other than age, can access the CoS Programme instead.

Where an Indigenous client has had a change of circumstances, which means that they meet the NDIS access requirements, the person may exit the CoS Programme. The person may forward an access request to the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to participate at any time.

Indigenous people with disability should test their eligibility for the NDIS by contacting the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) on 1800 800 110 or completing the NDIA online contact form.

NDIS 2016 (Becoming a Participant) Rules

Some clients may be able to request access for the NDIS before they turn 65, depending on when their date of birth is, what state they live in, and when the NDIS rolls out in their region. The NDIS 2016 (Becoming a Participant) Rules allow for people to request access for the scheme before the scheme is rolled out in their region. Eligibility rules for requesting access to the NDIS are available on the NDIS website.

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