- 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.
- What principles do we follow to create your plan? (PDF 153KB)
- What principles do we follow to create your plan? (DOCX 66KB)
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.
- Mainstream and community supports - overview (PDF 156KB)
- Mainstream and community supports - overview (DOCX 68KB)
- Mainstream and community supports - interfaces (PDF 331KB)
- Mainstream and community supports - interfaces (DOCX 89KB)
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.
- Assistance animals including dog guides (PDF 363KB)
- Assistance animals including dog guides (DOCX 105KB)
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.
- Vehicle modifications and driving supports (PDF 268KB)
- Vehicle modifications and driving supports (DOCX 87KB)
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.
- Younger people in residential aged care (PDF 200KB)
- Younger people in residential aged care (DOCX 71KB)
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
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.
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.
The Australian health system provides treatment for dysphagia for everyone.
We can only fund dysphagia supports if they’re related to your disability.
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.
- Nutrition supports including meal preparation (PDF 223KB)
- Nutrition supports including meal preparation (DOCX 80KB)
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 approach
Who can access our early childhood approach and how we work with young children and their families.
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
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.
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.
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.
- What evidence you need to give us before we create your plan (PDF 426KB)
- What evidence you need to give us before we create your plan (DOCX 101KB)