If you find yourself navigating the justice system, it’s essential to understand that you still have the same rights as anyone else to access the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). However, there might be additional considerations when it comes to planning and reviewing your NDIS supports.

The Intersection of the Justice System and the NDIS

The justice system plays a crucial role in providing necessary supports while you’re involved in legal proceedings. During this time, there could be opportunities to access NDIS-funded supports that address your specific needs.

The supports provided by the NDIS and those offered by the justice system vary depending on whether you are in custody or not. It’s important to understand the differences and how they can impact your overall support plan.

Exploring the Guidelines

To ensure you receive the appropriate supports and understand your rights, it’s important to familiarise yourself with the NDIS guidelines related to the justice system. You can access the full guideline using the provided links or download a copy in PDF or DOCX format.

  1. Navigating Supports Inside Custody

If you find yourself in custody, whether in prison or a similar setting, you can still access NDIS supports that address your specific needs. While the justice system takes care of certain supports, the NDIS can contribute to providing essential services tailored to your situation.

  1. NDIS Supports Outside Custody

When you’re not in custody, the NDIS continues to offer crucial support. These supports are designed to meet your needs as you transition back into your community, ensuring a smooth reintegration process.

Understanding Your Rights

Remember that, regardless of your involvement in the justice system, your rights to access NDIS supports remain intact. The NDIS is committed to ensuring that all participants receive the necessary assistance to achieve their goals and lead fulfilling lives.


The intersection of the justice system and the NDIS brings about unique considerations. By exploring the provided guideline and understanding the different supports available, you can make informed decisions about your NDIS plan, ensuring that your specific needs are met, whether you’re inside or outside custody.

Access the full PDF guideline here: https://ourguidelines.ndis.gov.au/media/1628/download?attachment

Access the full DOCX guideline here: https://ourguidelines.ndis.gov.au/media/1627/download?attachment

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