Early Intervention is an NDIS program that is designed to provide support for a person as early as possible, in order to prevent them from needing more support in the future, or to help prevent their condition from deteriorating. Unlike other NDIS funding, early intervention supports are not offered for the person’s entire life. Every 12 months, a review is held to determine if you still meet the early intervention criteria. Some early intervention participants go on to become mainstream NDIS participants, but it is not guaranteed.

The access criteria are similar to the criteria for the mainstream NDIS funding program. You will still need to prove that your condition (or that of your child) is permanent. However, the threshold for significantly reduced ability to function is lower.

You will have to make the case that receiving supports will:

  • alleviate your/their symptoms
  • prevent you/them from needing further support in the future