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

[Part 5.4-5.7 Rules-Becoming a Participant]