Is Centrelink Required for NDIS Eligibility?

Is Centrelink Required for NDIS Eligibility

For individuals currently benefiting from Centrelink payments, understanding the intricate dynamics between these subsidies and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is of paramount importance.

In this guide, we explore deeper into critical questions, offering additional insights to empower those traversing the intricate landscape of disability support in Australia.

From comprehending income assessments to the amalgamation of diverse programs and receiving personalized assistance, this resource strives to provide the knowledge necessary to make well-informed decisions on the journey towards NDIS.

Q1: How are Income Tests Conducted for Centrelink Payments?

Centrelink meticulously evaluates income and assets to determine eligibility for various payments, including

  • the Age Pension
  • Austudy
  • Disability Support Pension
  • Parenting Payment
  • JobSeeker Payment
  • and Partner Allowance.

Surpassing specific income limits may result in payment reductions. Detailed information on these income and asset tests can be found on the Services Australia website.

Q2: Does NDIS Funding Affect Centrelink Payments?

NDIS funding operates independently of Centrelink’s income or asset tests. Accessing NDIS funding has no bearing on Centrelink payments, as the NDIS is purposefully designed to support Australians with disabilities autonomously. NDIS funding, designated for specific purposes, enjoys tax-exempt status and does not impact the Child Support Benefit.

Q3: Is NDIS Funding Subject to Means-Testing?

No, NDIS funding is exempt from means-testing based on income or assets. Qualifying for Centrelink payments does not hinder eligibility for NDIS funding support. Access to the NDIS can be initiated through a verbal, paper, or online Access Request Form.

Q4: What Happens to the Mobility Allowance with an NDIS Plan?

With the integration of programs under the NDIS umbrella, including the Mobility Allowance, individuals with an NDIS plan receive suitable payments for their transport needs. This eliminates the necessity to access the Mobility Allowance through Centrelink.

Q5: Can I Retain My Health Care Card with an NDIS Plan?

Certainly. Even with an active NDIS plan, individuals can retain their Health Care Card from Centrelink, ensuring continued access to reduced costs for utility bills, public transport tickets, and car registration.

Q6: How Should I Manage Centrelink and NDIS Payments?

While NDIS payments are earmarked for specific disability-related services, Centrelink income support payments provide flexibility for general expenses. Effective management entails aligning with the most suitable NDIS plan to cover eligible aspects of disability management, thereby minimizing reliance on Centrelink payments for these purposes.


Effectively navigating the intricate landscape of Centrelink payments and NDIS funding is vital for individuals seeking comprehensive support. This guide, by addressing common questions and introducing new insights, aims to empower individuals with knowledge, ensuring well-informed decisions in the pursuit of holistic care and financial stability.

For personalized assistance in maneuvering through the intricacies of the Australian social support systems, please reach out to Wisdom Care, where our dedicated team stands ready to provide guidance and support tailored to your needs.

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