Communication underway to people moving into the NDIS

The NDIS is rolling out across the rest of NSW from 1 July 2017 and will be fully rolled out by mid 2018.

The NSW government is writing to people with disability moving into the NDIS who receive disability supports in NSW to advise how and when they will enter the NDIS.

How will people move into the NDIS?

With so many people coming into the scheme in such a short time it is important that there is a planned approach to how they access the NDIS.

Although transition for people accessing all types of services in these areas will start from 1 July, most people living in large and small residential centres, group homes, hostels, attendant care, in-home support or alternative family placement will be the first to move into the NDIS.

Most people who attend day, recreation and life skills programs as well as people who receive support from therapy, early or behaviour intervention programs or use case management services and respite will move into the NDIS from October 2017.

Most people accessing personal care assistance, personal care, meal services, home modifications and transport services will move to the NDIS from January 2018. They will need to provide evidence of their disability as part of their NDIS access request.

Information about providing evidence of disability can be found on the national NDIS website: www.ndis.gov.au

People who do not currently receive NSW funded disability supports will have the opportunity to access the Scheme when it starts in their local area, if they are in immediate need of assistance, and do not currently have support.

Useful resources to assist people moving into the NDIS are available in plain and easy English, community languages and materials for Aboriginal people on this website in the resources section.

 

New support service for people transferring to non-government providers – Transfer Connect

Transfer Connect is a new support service for people with disability, their families or guardians, whose specialist disability accommodation services are transferring from government to non-government providers.

The service is available for people who currently live in FACS operated group homes in NSW and provides an avenue for them to raise questions or concerns about their own situation in the transfer process.

Transfer Connect enables people to access information either by calling a toll free number or meeting face-to-face with a Transfer Connect representative.

The service is provided by Mission Australia on behalf of FACS.

More information on when and how to contact Transfer Connect by reading the Transfer Connect Brochure

Carers and the NDIS: New information for Aboriginal people

A new information resource for Aboriginal people with disability, their families, carers and communities – the Carers and the NDIS fact sheet – is now available on the NSW NDIS website.

The sixth fact sheet is part of an ongoing suite of dedicated resources for Aboriginal people. Carers and the NDIS provides guidance on the relationship between the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and the vital role played by carers in supporting people with disability.

The Carers and the NDIS fact sheet helps carers better understand:

  • What the NDIS is
  • The carer role
  • How people with disability can use the NDIS
  • How the NDIS can help carers
  • Carers’ needs
  • What carers can do to get ready for the NDIS
  • Next steps, and where to get more information

You can find all the current information resources available on the Aboriginal people page on the NDIS NSW website, including:

NDIA announces Local Area Coordination providers in NSW

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has announced the appointment of two Local Area Coordination (LAC) providers for some National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) areas across NSW.

The selected LAC providers before and during the NDIS transition are the St Vincent De Paul Society and Uniting. These two providers – responsible for provision of LAC services from now until June 2018 – are far-reaching across NSW and have long standing experience in working with people with disability.

LAC provides a vital function of the NDIS, with coordinators helping to streamline participants’ NDIS experience and assisting them to navigate the variety of NDIS supports for best outcomes.

Coordinators will also raise awareness of the scheme and assist people to be ready for the transition while working with local communities and mainstream services to become more inclusive.

Negotiations for a third provider of LAC services for the remaining Districts in NSW will commence shortly and arrangements for LAC provision beyond July 2018 will be finalised by the NDIA at a later date.