As most people are aware ADHD does not appear on the list of disabilities supported by the NDIS, which means that unless there is another disability which could be a primary disability, the ADHD cannot be considered by the NDIS.

In practise, some people with ADHD have gained access relatively easily, others with difficulty and yet more have had their applications refused.

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Currently there are 2 available routes to access,

1. The diagnosis can be placed under “Neurological –Other” on the NDIS list, with a DSM diagnosis of Neurocognitive Dysfunction. However, a Neuropsychology Report and a psychiatrist report that addresses functional impairments, especially in the NDIS domains, as well as giving the diagnosis of neurological etc, should be included.

2. A Psychosocial Disability application does not need a DSM 5 diagnosis. An Evidence of Psychosocial Disability Form needs to be used, it can be filled in by a Psychiatrist, GP or “the most appropriate Clinician”.

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ADHD and the NDIS and how does NDIS eligibility work

ADHD and the NDIS is a regular question answered here at the National ADHD Foundation helpdesk.No, it is complicated, and diagnosis of ADHD on its own is generally not covered under the NDIS. The reason for this is because it may be hard for someone with ADHD to meet the NDIS eligibility criteria as a severe and permanent disability. If you have ADHD and are likely to overcome the issue you are seeking financial help for, or are being successfully treated with medications, then you are unlikely to be eligible for NDIS.

About 5% of Australians display symptoms of ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) so it’s no surprise there is a lot of interest in funding for treatment and supports.

Supports that may be considered for funding by NDIS relate to capacity building that assist with social skills, being active in the community, self-management and communication. Some positive behavioural support and assistance with daily routines and household task. Some cognitive therapy treatmentmay be supported by NDIS.

Here at ADHD Foundation Headquarters we expect to provide an update again in July 2021 when new information becomes available.

Please refer to our PDF sheet for more information. Or contact us on support@adhdfoundation.org.au