An impairment that varies in intensity may be permanent. A person will meet the disability requirements in such a case if the person’s is likely to require NDIS support for their lifetime, despite the variation. [Section 24(2)].
An impairment will be considered permanent, or likely to be so:
- if it is irreversible, or likely to be so
- only if the impairment does not require further medical assessment or treatment in order for its irreversibility to be demonstrated.
- if it is of a degenerative nature, and treatment would not, or would be unlikely to, improve it