About the NDIS in New South Wales

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

The NDIS funds long-term high-quality care and support for people with significant disabilities, better links the community and people with disabilities, provides information to people, helps break down stereotypes, and ensures quality assurance and best practice among service providers.

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

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.

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?

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 NSW and Australian governments have reached agreement on funding, governance and operation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in NSW.

The NDIS is the largest social reform in a generation. NSW is the first state to sign a Full Scheme Agreement with the Australian Government, a historic step in this important reform. It will provide the basis for the NSW and Australian governments to work together to improve outcomes for people living with disability in NSW, now and in future generations.

The NDIS will ensure people with disability have more choice and control over the supports they receive, assisting them to achieve their goals.

NSW has already successfully transitioned more than 84,000 people into the NDIS and has 3400 active service providers delivering NDIS supports. In NSW, the NDIS is expected to benefit up to 140,000 people with disability.

The Full Scheme Agreement sets out the ongoing governance and financial arrangements for the NDIS in NSW. In 2018–19, the Australian and NSW governments will commit more than $6 billion to the NDIS. The agreement ensures the scheme will be financially supported in the long term.

The Full Scheme Agreement outlines shared responsibilities and clear ways of working between NSW, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission, and the Australian Government. This will help ensure that the NDIS is operating effectively and providing high-quality supports to people living with disability. Where issues emerge, this gives both governments a basis to work together to solve them.

The agreement outlines a shared commitment to improving outcomes for people with disability, and increasing their social and economic participation in NSW.  The NDIS will enable independence for people with disability by allowing them to exercise choice and control in the pursuit of their goals.  The NSW and Australian governments commit to support innovation and market reform in the disability support sector.

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.