Our guidelines for the NDIS test in Tasmania

Key points

  • The test in Tasmania doesn’t change the NDIS rules.
  •  Where we made improvements for the NDIS test in Tasmania, we created specific operational guidelines for Tasmania.

Our guidelines set out some of the NDIA’s operational information. They are based on the NDIS Legislation and Rules.

They explain what we need to consider and how we make decisions based on the legislation.

We have updated some of these guidelines to include our new computer system and the improved participant journey for the NDIS test in Tasmania.

New and updated guidelines are on this page. You can find our other operational guidelines .

You can read the new and updated guidelines for the Tasmania NDIS test below to learn more about: 

Becoming a participant

Applying to the NDIS

The requirements you need to meet to be eligible for the NDIS, including age and residence requirements, and disability or early intervention requirements.

Leaving the NDIS

The different reasons you might leave the NDIS, and what happens after you leave. 

How NDIS supports work

Reasonable and necessary supports

The Australian Government made laws about what we can fund under the NDIS.

All supports need to meet the criteria in these laws before we can fund them in your plan. We call these the NDIS funding criteria.

You’ll find information about the NDIS funding criteria and how we decide if a support meet the NDIA funding criteria in this guideline.

Your privacy and information

Why and how we ask you for information, what we do with it, and how we keep your information safe. 

What principles do we follow to create your plan?

The NDIS was set up as a world first approach to disability support.

It puts people with disability at the centre of decision-making, through the principles of reasonable and necessary supports and individual choice and control.

Mainstream and community supports

Mainstream supports are the supports you can get from other government funded services, like health, mental health and education.

You’ll find information about who is responsible for the supports you need in this guideline.

Justice System

If you’re involved in the justice system, you have the same rights as anyone to become or remain a NDIS participant.

But there might be some extra things we consider when we work with you to create and review your plan.

Supports you can access

Equipment and technology

Assistance animals including dog guides

Assistance animals, including dog guides, are animals specially trained to help you do things you can’t do because of your disability.

We look at whether the assistance animal is a disability-related support that will help you with your disability support needs and meets our funding criteria.

Assistive technology

Equipment, technology and devices helps to make your life easier and help you do things you can’t do because of your disability.

It can help you do something more easily or safely and improve your daily life.

Vehicle modifications and driving supports

You may need changes made to a vehicle so you can drive it or travel in it because of your disability.

The vehicle would need to be yours or one you can use regularly.

Home and living supports

Specialist Disability Accommodation

You might be living with disability and have very high support needs.

This could mean you need to live in a specially designed house. We call this specialist disability accommodation.

Supported Independent Living

Supported independent living is one type of support to help you live as independently as possible in your home.

It includes help or supervision with daily tasks, like personal care or cooking meals while building your skills.

Short Term Accommodation or Respite

Medium term accommodation

We fund medium term accommodation so you have somewhere to live if you can't move into your long term home because your disability supports aren't ready.

To be eligible, you must have a home you’ll move into and you need somewhere else to live in the medium-term.

Individualised living options

An individualised living option helps you use your funded supports to live the way that suits you.

It can include things like personal care, help to build your skills, or support with household tasks like shopping or cooking.

Younger people in residential aged care

If you’re younger than 65 and living in residential aged care, you might be eligible for the NDIS.

We explain what we can fund, and how we can support you to move out of residential aged care if you want to.

Home modifications

Home modifications are changes to your home that help you manage your disability and make daily tasks easier.

They can be minor or more complex changes and help you safely access or move around your home.

Social and community participation 

Community Connections

What do we mean by community connections, what support is available, and how do you get it. 

Social and recreation support

If you need extra help to participate in social and recreation activities because of your disability, we may be able to fund this.

Work and study supports

Work and study can be an important part of life for many people.

There is support available for you to work or study that can help you if you need extra support because of your disability.

Disability-related health supports

Disability-related health supports are health supports that relate directly to the functional impact of your disability.

If you need help to manage a health condition because of your disability, we may fund disability-related health supports to help you manage that condition.

Continence Supports

The Australian health system may provide continence supports. We can only fund these supports if they are related to your disability.

Diabetes management supports

Diabetes is a health condition which people usually manage with help from their doctor and the health system.

We can only fund diabetes supports if they’re related to your disability.

Dysphagia supports

The Australian health system provides treatment for dysphagia for everyone.

We can only fund dysphagia supports if they’re related to your disability.

Epilepsy Supports

The Australian health system provides treatment for epilepsy for everyone.

We can only fund epilepsy supports if they’re related to your disability.

Nutrition supports including meal preparation

Your disability may mean you have trouble preparing food for yourself, eating enough, or understanding the nutrition you need.

We may fund nutrition supports to help with this.

Podiatry and foot care supports

The Australian health system may provide podiatry and foot care supports.

We can only fund these supports if they’re related to your disability.

Wound and Pressure Care Supports

The Australian health system provides treatment of wounds, including wound management to everyone.

We can only fund wound and pressure care supports if they are related to your disability.

Early Childhood

Early childhood approach

Who can access our early childhood approach and how we work with young children and their families. 

Early Connections

How early childhood partners will help children younger than 7 with delays in their development or with disability get the right supports and services. 

Having someone represent you

Child representatives

What is a child representative, who can be one, and what do they do? 

Appointing a nominee

What is a nominee, who can be one and what we consider when appointing a nominee for you. 

Your plan

Creating your plan

We will work with you to create your plan.

We’ll have a conversation with you to help us decide what supports to fund in your plan.

We’ll also work with you to decide who will manage your funding, and when we’ll change your plan.

Your plan

Once we approve your plan, you can start using your NDIS funding on the supports set out in your plan.

If you want us to, we’ll help you start using your plan, and help you connect with supports in your area.

Changing your plan

Your plan may need to be changed for many reasons.

This guideline will explain how and when we can change your plan.

How to claim from your plan

When we say claim, we mean asking for payment from the funding in your plan after you receive a support.

Who claims and how claims are made depends on how your NDIS funding is managed.

Reviewing a decision

Reviewing our decisions

When we make a decision we’ll give you the reasons for our decision.  

You can contact us if you’d like more detail about the reasons for our decision.

If you don't agree with the original decision we’ve made, you can ask for an internal review of our decision.

You’ll find information about internal and external Reviews in this guideline.


To create your NDIS plan, we use evidence to help us decide what supports meet the NDIS funding criteria for you.

We need different types of evidence for different types of supports.


This page current as of
12 July 2023
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