top of page
  • Writer's picturethe bipolar talker

Bipolar Disorder and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Australia

Updated: Jun 1, 2021

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is an Australian government run program which provides support to people with mental and physical disabilities so they can live a happy and fulfilling life.

Bipolar disorder is considered a psychosocial disability and in some instances people with bipolar disorder may be able to get help under this scheme to get access to supports like psychologists, other allied health professionals, support workers, housing, transport allowance and any items that can help them achieve their life goals. The NDIS also can support people to return back to work and study if they wish to do so.

So what do the NDIS look at to see if you are eligible?

To be eligible:

1) You must be under 65 years of age.

2) You must be an Australian citizen, permanent resident of Australia, or the holder of a special category visa who is a protected SCV holder, and live in an area where the NDIS is currently available.

3) You should meet the disability requirements as stated under Section 24 (s24) of the NDIA Act.

The section 24 of the NDIA Act has 5 criteria:

Section 24(1)(a)

The person has a disability that is attributable to one or more intellectual, cognitive, neurological, sensory or physical impairments or to one or more impairments attributable to a psychiatric condition.

Section 24(1)(b)

The impairment/s are, or are likely to be permanent.

Section 24(1)(c)

The impairment/s result in substantially reduced functional capacity to undertake, or psychosocial functioning in undertaking, one or more of the following activities: communication, social interaction, learning, mobility, self-care, self-management.

Section 24(1)(d)

The impairment/s affect the person’s capacity for social or economic participation.

Section 24(1)(e)

The person is likely to require support under the NDIS for the person’s lifetime.

If you want to find out more, you can visit the NDIS website on:

If you have any questions about the NDIS, you can also message me using the chat button and I can try and answer your questions or point you to the right direction.

PS: If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of mania or feel concerned, contact your GP or call the Mental Health Access Line on 1800 011 511. In the case of an emergency, call 000.

leave your email below so you never miss a post :(:

144 views0 comments


bottom of page