Younger people entering aged care – new entrants

Page last updated: 15 June 2017

Younger people with disabilities in regions where the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has not yet rolled out are able to access services from their local state or territory government. Until the NDIS is available in a region, the younger person will continue to receive services from their local state or territory government.

Once the NDIS is available in their region they will be assessed, and depending on their circumstances, they may be able to transition to the NDIS.

Residential care

NDIS roll out area

Eligible

If the person lives in an NDIS area and has been approved to receive NDIS supports but (more appropriate) accommodation (currently) isn’t available, they may need to access accommodation from an aged care home. If they have an NDIS plan, they can access these services through the following pathways:

Government funded aged care place

The person will need to be approved for aged care by the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) to become an aged care recipient. Once a person is an aged care recipient, the following applies:

The NDIS plan will determine if the younger person is eligible for additional care and supports through the NDIS. If additional (top up) supports are required, they will be funded through the NDIS. The person will be protected by the NDIS quality and safeguards for their NDIS supports.

For the aged care home to deliver these additional services, they will need to become an NDIS registered provider. However, these additional services may also be delivered through a third party provider.

Not eligible

If the person lives in an NDIS area and they are not currently receiving a State, Territory or Commonwealth disability service, they will be provided with information by the NDIS about mainstream services in their area. This may include a referral to a Local Area Coordinator to discuss Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC).

If there are no other (more appropriate) services available to meet their needs, the person may request access to aged care. However, they will need to provide evidence that they are unable to receive (more appropriate) services through the State, Territory or Commonwealth disability services.

If the person is approved for aged care by the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT), they will be able to enter aged care as an aged care recipient.

Non-NDIS roll out area

The younger person will need to contact the relevant disability services in the state or territory in which they reside in the first instance.

If there are no other (more appropriate) services available to meet their needs, the person may request access to aged care. However, they will need to provide evidence that they are unable to receive (more appropriate) services through the State or Territory disability services.

If the person is approved for aged care by the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT), they will be able to enter aged care as an aged care recipient.

Home care

NDIS roll out area

Not eligible

If the person lives in an NDIS area and they are currently receiving a State, Territory or Commonwealth disability service, they will be referred by the NDIS to contact their existing service provider as they may be eligible for Continuity of Support.

If the person lives in an NDIS area and they are not currently receiving a State, Territory or Commonwealth disability service, they will be provided with information from the NDIS about mainstream services in their area. This may include a referral to a Local Area Coordinator to discuss Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC).

If there are no other (more appropriate) services available to meet their needs, the person may request access to aged care. However, they will need to provide evidence that they are unable to receive (more appropriate) services through the State, Territory or Commonwealth disability services.

If the person is approved for aged care by the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT), they will be able to enter aged care as an aged care recipient.

Non-NDIS roll out area

The younger person will need to contact the relevant disability services in the state or territory in which they reside in the first instance.

If there are no other (more appropriate) services available to meet their needs, the person may request access to aged care. However, they will need to provide evidence that they are unable to receive (more appropriate) services through the State or Territory disability services.

If the person is approved for aged care by the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT), they will be able to enter aged care as an aged care recipient.

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