What do we mean when we talk about younger people in residential aged care?

If you’re under age 65, have a disability and live permanently in a residential aged care facility (RACF) then you're considered a ‘younger person in residential aged care’.

If you're a younger person in residential aged care, you might be eligible to access the NDIS. We may be able to fund some of your RACF fees, as well as other supports you need for your disability.

If you’re an NDIS participant and were living in a RACF before you turned 65, you can choose to remain a participant and continue receiving our support once you turn 65.

We fund supports for younger people living in a Commonwealth registered RACF on a permanent basis. All facilities must be registered under the Aged Care Act.

Residents must also be eligible to reside in RACF under the Aged Care Act. This eligibility is undertaken by the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) through the Aged Care Assessment Service (ACAS) process.

This page doesn’t apply to those who are:

  • accessing respite services from a RACF
  • residing in a facility as part of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program
  • in a Multi-Purpose Service. These provide combined health and aged care services for some rural and remote communities
  • living in a RACF but don’t have approval under the Aged Care Act for residential aged care
  • living in a RACF who are 65 years or older.

For more information, check out the Department of Health website .

How do you get access to the NDIS as a younger person in residential aged care?

If you're not already an NDIS participant, you must meet the NDIS eligibility criteria to access support from the NDIS.

Learn more about the eligibility criteria .

We have a quicker process to bring younger people living permanently in residential aged care into the NDIS. This includes making contact with you if you’re a younger person living in residential aged care. We’ll assist you to get the information needed to access the NDIS. We also have a specialised team to assess your eligibility.

To start the access process, in some cases, we might get in touch with your RACF or your nominee if we’re unable to contact you directly.

If you want to find out how to apply to the NDIS you can contact us. You can do this in person, by phone, email, webchat or by completing our online form.

Learn more about the different ways to contact us .

This page current as of
8 December 2020
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