When the National Disability Insurance Scheme launched trial sites across Australia in 2013, the Hunter region was chosen as the trial site for New South Wales.
From 1 July 2013, all new requests for disability support in the Hunter were referred to the National Disability Insurance Agency.
At 30 June 2015 more than 4,800 people with disability in the Hunter have signed up for the NDIS. As at March 31 2016, there were more than 7,000 participants, including a mix of existing clients and new participants.
The New South Wales Government has published a review of the NDIS in the Hunter, conducted at the midway point of the trial.
The Hunter moved to full-scheme on 1 July 2016, following the conclusion of the three-year trial on 30 June 2016.