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National Disability Insurance Scheme

If you are under 65 and want to use NABS, you need an NDIS plan. 


What is NDIS? 

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of providing support to Australians with a permanent and significant disability.

This includes interpreting services for Deaf and hard of hearing people who use sign language to communicate. 


Can I access a NDIS plan?

You may be able to get a NDIS plan if you are

  • Deaf

  • Under 65 years old

  • Have Australian residency (Australian citizen or a permanent resident) 

To find out if you can get NDIS plan, visit the Am I eligible checklist (NDIS website).


What if I am not eligible for the NDIS? 

If you are over 65 years and do not have a NDIS plan, NABS is free for GP, specialists and specified health consultations. 

From 1 April 2021, if you are under 65 years and not eligible for NDIS, NABS is not free. 

Interpreting can be provided at a cost.


I have a NDIS plan, what do I do? 

Tell NABS.

If you have a NDIS plan that includes interpreting hours, you can book an interpreter with NABS for your healthcare appointments plus other appointments e.g. work, hobbies, financial advice etc.  


I am over 65

If you are over 65 yearsand do not have a NDIS plan, NABS is free for GP, specialists and specified health consultations. 


More information about NDIS

You can also find out more on the NDIS website or to contact NDIS, visit their Contact Us page.


Do you live in Queensland and need help to join the NDIS?

The Assessment and Referral Team (ART) is available to help Children and Young People to apply for NDIS access.  

For more information, click here


Contact NABS

You can contact NABS If you have specific questions about NABS and NDIS. 

Phone: 1800 246 945 
SMS: 0427 671 261 

Skype/Facetime (chat in Auslan with a Deaf staff member - please contact above to arrange appointment)






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