The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) begins rolling out across half of NSW from today, 1 July 2016.
Minister for Disability Services, the Hon John Ajaka (MP) celebrated the important milestone at the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children in Western Sydney.
“July 1 will see half the state – from western Sydney to the Central Coast and also southern NSW – begin the transition to the NDIS,” Minister Ajaka said.
“A reform such as the NDIS only comes along once in a lifetime, and I strongly believe we become a much more inclusive, accessible and tolerant society when we reach out to others.”
About 9,000 children, young people and adults with disability have already benefited from the Scheme in the Hunter trial site and Nepean early rollout site.
Around 37,000 existing clients living in Hunter New England, Southern NSW, Central Coast, Northern Sydney, South Western Sydney, Western Sydney and Nepean Blue Mountains are planned to enter the scheme in 2016/17 with around 7,000 new participants also expected.
“These are big numbers so there will be challenges. But I am confident, working together with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), we are in a strong position to lead the country in delivering this reform,” Minister Ajaka said.
“Tomorrow is the next step in the journey for thousands of people with disability, and hundreds of existing service providers and new operators who will enter the sector.”
RIDBC chief executive Chris Rehn said the NDIS allows for greater control, flexibility and choice for people with disability.
“RIDBC already leads the way in providing individualised and tailored services to meet the unique needs and life goals of the children, adults and families we support. Access to our services is strengthened under NDIS, ensuring the best outcomes for people with vision or hearing loss,” Mr Rehn said.
Minister Ajaka also pointed to a jobs boom with nearly 29,000 new jobs expected to be generated by the NDIS with the size of the disability market tipped to double to $6.8 billion.
To keep up to date on the rollout of the NDIS in NSW please visit www.ndis.nsw.gov.au