About the NDIS in New South Wales

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The National Disability Insurance Scheme is an Australia-wide scheme to support people with permanent and significant disability which will replace the current disability support system.

The NDIS will fund long-term high-quality care and support for people with significant disabilities, better link the community and people with disabilities, provide information to people, help break down stereotypes, and ensure quality assurance and best practice among service providers.

The NDIS will give people with disability choice and control over the supports they receive. It will help people with disability support live life their way, achieve their goals and participate in the community.

The introduction of the NDIS will significantly increase supports available for people with disability.  When the NDIS is fully operational, an estimated 140,000 people with disability in New South Wales will be able to access supports, including an additional 50,000 people who do not currently receive any disability supports.

New South Wales was the first Australian state to sign up to the NDIS and is currently preparing for the full rollout of the scheme, which will be completed by 30 June 2018.

Who is the National Disability Insurance Agency?

The National Disability Insurance Agency is an independent agency that has been set up to deliver the NDIS.

The NDIA is overseen by the Council of Australian Governments Disability Reform Council. The NDIA website contains information for people with disability, including the NDIS Access Checklist, a tool which helps people to determine if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Who is eligible for the NDIS in NSW?

If the National Disability Insurance Scheme is available in your area, the first step you need to take is to find out if you meet the access requirements, which are available on the national NDIS website.

You are eligible for the NDIS if you:

  • are under 65 when you make your application
  • are an Australian Citizen or resident or permanent visa holder
  • meet the disability or early intervention requirements
  • are aged 65 years and over you will not be eligible for the NDIS. In most cases, you will receive support through the Commonwealth Aged Care System.

Please note, people currently receiving specialist disability supports in NSW who meet the age and disability eligibility requirements for the NDIS will be able to access the NDIS in NSW, regardless of their residential or visa status.

How will the State and Commonwealth Governments work together?

The New South Wales and Commonwealth Governments have signed a bilateral agreement that outlines how and when the NDIS will roll out.

The agreement underpins the New South Wales Government’s commitment to the NDIS and giving people with disability choice and control over the supports they receive.

Around 140,000 people with disability in New South Wales are expected to receive support under the NDIS once it’s fully rolled out. This includes 50,000 people who do not currently receive specialist disability supports.

What is the bilateral agreement and why is it important?

The bilateral agreement is an important milestone in the rollout of the NDIS across the state. It outlines the roles and responsibilities of the New South Wales Government, the Commonwealth Government, and the NDIA.

The agreement confirms the funding, timing and resources that will be used to establish the NDIS in NSW.

It is a formal arrangement that builds on previous commitments by the New South Wales Government and the person-centred disability reforms that have been carried out over the past 10 years. The Government remains committed to providing people with disability greater choice and control over the types of supports they need.

Will funding for disability services increase?

Yes. When the NDIS is fully implemented, the amount spent on specialist disability supports in New South Wales will grow to more than $6 billion a year.

In 2018-19, the New South Wales Government will contribute $3.13 billion and the Commonwealth will contribute $3.32 billion to the NDIS.

This increased investment will create a bigger, more diverse sector for people to access supports from, leading to significant jobs growth and business opportunities.

How is New South Wales preparing for the rollout to the NDIS?

The New South Wales Government has undertaken a number of important reforms to support people in the period leading up to the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, including:

  • Ready Together, which moved towards a more person-centred approach towards supporting people with disability.
  • Living Life My Way, which supports the transition to individualised funding.

The New South Wales Government has also introduced legislation aimed at supporting a smooth transition to the NDIS, including the National Disability Insurance Scheme (New South Wales) Enabling Act 2013 and the Disability Inclusion Act 2014.

What role will the state government have after the NDIS is rolled out?

The role of the New South Wales Government will change after the NDIS has been fully rolled out.

From July 2018, the New South Wales Government will not provide any residual specialist disability supports or basic community services. The whole of the New South Wales specialist disability budget funding will be transferred to the NDIS by July 2018.