Psychosocial disability

What is psychosocial disability? | What is recovery | Accessing the NDIS | What supports will the NDIS fund? | Factsheets and resources | Contact us

What is psychosocial disability?

Psychosocial disability is a term used to describe a disability that may arise from a mental health issue.

Not everyone who has a mental health condition will have a psychosocial disability, but for people who do, it can be severe, longstanding and impact on their recovery. People with a disability as a result of their mental health condition may qualify for the NDIS.

To find out more about how the NDIS can support people with psychosocial disability, watch the video, Psychosocial Disability and the NDIS.

Transcript (DOCX 18KB)

Accessing the NDIS

NDIS Mental Health Access Information - Plain English (PDF 248KB)

Access Snapshot 1: General Information (PDF 236KB)

Access Snapshot 2: Impairment and Mental Health in the NDIS (PDF 221KB)

Access Snapshot 3: Recovery and the NDIS (PDF 223KB)

Access Snapshot 4: Functional Capacity and Mental Health Issues (PDF 238KB)

Access Snapshot 5: NDIS and Other Services Supporting your Mental Health (PDF 211KB)

These snapshots provide specific information to people with psychosocial disability, their families and carers, and service providers.

Everyone who applies to the NDIS must meet eligibility criteria. These include age, residency and disability requirements. You must also live in an area where the NDIS is being rolled out.

For more information, go to Accessing the NDIS section of the website.

What is recovery?

The term ‘recovery’ is used widely throughout the mental health sector. It can have different meanings in different contexts.

The NDIA defines recovery as achieving an optimal state of personal, social and emotional wellbeing, as defined by each individual, whilst living with or recovering from a mental health condition.

For more information view the psychosocial disability recovery and the NDIS (PDF 774KB) or Glossary - key terms for understanding the NDIS and psychosocial disability (PDF 630KB).

These include:

  • choice and control for participants.
  • a lifetime commitment to supports and funding (enables hope and optimism).
  • provision of plan flexibility (enables support to be used to meet different needs at different times).
  • opportunities for increased social and economic participation.
  • disability focused support which is recovery orientated.

What supports will the NDIS fund?

For NDIS participants, the scheme will fund supports that assist you to live an ordinary life.

Information about psychosocial supports and funding for the NDIS is available in the Mainstream Interfaces Mental Health Factsheet (PDF 1.2MB).

Support for carers

For more information on available supports for carers, visit the Department of Social Services website (external)

Factsheets and resources

Factsheets

Documents

Reports

Papers

  • Factsheet: Accessing the NDIS (PDF115KB) . This guide was developed jointly by the Australian Government and Flinders University and will support mental health providers in making it easier for people with a psychosocial disability to access the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The Guide builds on work occurring in the National Disability Insurance Agency to improve pathways for people with psychosocial disability and work underway by the Productivity Commission and the Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS.
  • Mental Health and the NDIS: A Literature Review Commissioned by Mind Australia for the NDIS by the Independent Advisory Council (IAC) (PDF) - jointly published on the 20 May 2015, the paper provide expert advice to inform community expectations on: access to the NDIS, the nature of supports that may be provided by the NDIS, and more broadly, the current state of evidence relating to the impact of psychosocial disability in the context of the implementation of the NDIS.

External Resources

Historical resources

2013

2014

  • Carers Australia Victoria – Interview with Eddie Bartnik (external) - a resource detailing the NDIA leading work around mental health / psychosocial disability, Local Area Coordination and Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (previously called Tier 2 of the NDIS).

2015

Contact us

For further information email: Mental.Health.Team@ndis.gov.au