To be eligible to receive aged care services, younger people under 65 must first explore what other support options are available to them.
Australia’s aged care system should be a last resort for people under the age of 65. Younger Australians should only access the aged care system when there are no other care facilities or care services to meet their needs.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can access the aged care system from 50 years of age.
Accessing the NDIS
Younger people with a disability who receive a Home Care Package should test their eligibility with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Younger people with a disability may get more appropriate support from the NDIS.
Younger people with a disability or their representative can:
This can be done in person, by phone, email, webchat or by completing our online form. Learn more about the different ways to contact the NDIS.
If a younger person is eligible for the NDIS, they should discuss their goals and develop a plan with an NDIS representative. The plan will include the supports funded under the NDIS to help them achieve their goals.
For information about Home Care Packages, please refer to the Home Care Packages Program Manual for care recipients.
You can call My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm, and Saturday, 10am – 2pm.