The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides funding for individualised support for people with a permanent and significant disability. The scheme is administered by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) and is designed for individual control with greater flexibility and choice.

The Continence Foundation wants to ensure that all NDIS participants who have incontinence due to their disability can access information about bladder and bowel health and receive the support they need through their NDIS plan. The Continence Foundation is also committed to providing information and resources to NDIS planners and local area coordinators to support them in their role.

What will the NDIS fund?

The NDIS will fund reasonable and necessary supports.

  • A ‘reasonable’ support is one that is fair and represents good value for money.
  • A ‘necessary’ support is one which you must have to live your life independently.
  • The NDIS funds support for people based on their individual needs, this may include a continence assessment and continence products. See the NDIS website’s What types of supports are funded?


Who is eligible for the NDIS?
To be eligible for the NDIS you need to be:

  • Under 65 years of age
  • An Australian citizen
  • Have a disability caused a permanent impairment. The impairment may be intellectual, cognitive, neurological, sensory, physical or psychosocial.

The NDIS website’s Eligibility Checklist will give you an indication of your eligibility. If you are eligible for NDIS and you require continence products in relation to a permanent impairment, these will be considered in your planning discussion.

If you are not eligible for NDIS or your NDIS plan does not include continence product, you may be eligible for CAPS and/or a State and Territory Scheme.


How to apply

If you are not currently receiving any disability services, you can contact the NDIS at any time to apply.

If you think you are eligible for the NDIS, see the NDIS website’s Applying to access the NDIS . You will be supported by a local area coordinator or early childhood partner to apply. Together you will gather information and evidence for your application. If you are living with incontinence that is related to your disability, make sure you include information and evidence on this. Once the application is complete and you are found to be eligible, this information will be used to develop an NDIS plan.

Help finding a Continence Service or Product for an NDIS Continence Assessment: 

The National Continence Helpline  can help with information on local continence services or continence health professionals for a continence assessment or review plus continence product advice:

1800 33 00 66

Contact NDIS: 

If you have any questions regarding NDIS:

1800 800 110 

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Last Updated: Thu 30, May 2024
Last Reviewed: Sun 29, Mar 2020