In this section: What is the purpose of this operational guideline? What is the relevant legislation? Overview NDIS full scheme progressive rollout General matters relating to access requests What is the meaning of access? What is an access request? Who can make an access request? When can an access request be made? What must the NDIA do when it receives an access request? What constitutes a valid access request? What will the NDIA do if an access request is not valid? What are the timeframes for deciding access requests? Extended timeframes for deciding access requests in NDIS areas Failure of the NDIA to decide access request within time Prioritising prospective participants with urgent circumstances Access criteria The age requirements Under 65 years of age NDIS area specific age requirements The residence requirements Resides in Australia Australian citizen, holder of a permanent visa or protected SCV holder The additional residence requirements The disability requirements What is a disability attributable to impairment? When is an impairment permanent or likely to be permanent? Substantially reduced functional capacity to undertake relevant activities When does an impairment affect a person's capacity for social or economic participation? When is a person likely to require support under the NDIS for their lifetime? Streamlined process for determining the disability requirement Early intervention requirements When is an impairment permanent or likely to be permanent for the early intervention requirements? Developmental delay (early intervention in early childhood) Determining whether early intervention supports are likely to benefit the person Is the support most appropriately funded or provided through the NDIS? Developmental delay (early intervention in early childhood) Reassessment of early intervention supports Determining whether a prospective participant meets the access criteria Assessing all the available information Requesting further information or reports to inform the access decision Clients of specified new south wales disability programs Alternative pathway for satisfying access criteria What is the qualifying time? What is the qualifying period? What are the qualifying programs? What happens when an access decision is made Prospective participants who meet the access criteria (becoming a participant) What happens once a person has become a participant Prospective participants who do not meet the access criteria Requirement to notify prospective participant of access decision Protected participant status When a person ceases to be a participant Person deceased Person enters a residential care service Person starts being provided with home care Person's status as a participant revoked Person no longer wishes to be a participant Person not entitled to be paid NDIS amounts after they cease to be a participant List a – Conditions which are likely to meet the disability requirements in section 24 of the NDIS Act List b – Permanent conditions for which functional capacity are variable and further assessment of functional capacity generally is required List c – Defined programs List d – Permanent impairment/early intervention, under 7 years – no further assessment required List e – Qualifying programs Schedule a – Additional age and residence requirements Schedule b – NDIS areas.