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:

Drawing your attention to the NDIS in NSW

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a vital reform that will give people with disability choice and control over their lives and the supports they receive.

Once fully rolled out around 140,000 people in NSW will receive support under the NDIS.

When and how people enter the scheme can be a bit complicated, so watch our short video available on the homepage to learn more about when people with disability can access the NDIS.

The video has closed captions available (or subtitles as they are also known). To turn these on, click on the ‘CC’ icon on the video player then select ‘English CC’. The captions should then display.

You can also find out when the NDIS will be coming to your area using the postcode checker and learn more about the scheme with our fact sheets and guides.

For advice about your eligibility for the NDIS or how to access the scheme, please contact the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) by visiting or call 1800 800 110.


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.

NSW NDIS Operational Plan signed

The NSW Government, the National Disability Insurance Agency and the Commonwealth Department of Social Services have signed the NSW NDIS Operational Plan.

The Operational Plan builds upon the commitments outlined in the NSW NDIS Bilateral Agreement.

It sets out the agreed activities each party needs to complete to deliver a successful rollout of the NDIS in NSW.

The signing of the Plan is a significant milestone in the delivery of the NDIS in NSW.

A copy of the NSW NDIS Operational Plan is available in our Other NDIS resources section.

International Day of People with Disability

International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is on 3 December.

IDPwD is a United Nations endorsed day that promotes inclusion and better understanding of people with disability, the rights and wellbeing.

People with disability, their carers, families, services providers and the broader community will be celebrating this important day in lots of ways.

One of the great initiatives that is taking place to celebrate IDPwD is the Access All Areas Film Festival. The Festival is an accessible showcase of new Australian films for people with disability. It aims to promote inclusion, raises awaress of ability and access issues and show how easy it can be to make culture accessible to everyone.

Access All Areas hosted a gala screening of ‘Last Cab to Darwin’ at Event Cinemas at George Street, Sydney on IDPwD. The screening included entertainment and access services such as open captions, open audio descriptions, Auslan interpretation, wheel chair access and seating.

To book or to find out about the Access All Areas Film Festival screenings please visit the website: or call 02 9281 5608.

To find out more about IDPwD please visit the website:

My Choice Matters win at National Disability Awards!

Congratulations to My Choice Matters (MCM) for winning an Excellence in Community Accessibility award at the National Disability Awards!

The National Disability Awards were celebrated last night in Canberra. They recognise the achievements of individuals and organisations that have worked to improve the lives of people with disability.

MCM works with people with disability and their families to live their life their way. MCM recently developed an e-learning tool, My Learning Matters, to help people get ready for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

To find out more about My Choice Matters, visit their website:

Image of people using the My Learning Matters e-too

More community languages and Easy English resources

More resources are now available in community languages and Easy English on this website.

Information available in community languages

Another seven fact sheets have been translated and are available on this website, in addition to the three already available.

These resources are available in: Arabic, Greek, Korean, Vietnamese, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese.

You can find all of the translated resources on the Languages page.

Resources in Easy English
More resources are also now available in Easy English. Easy English documents use pictures and words to explain information in a way that is easy to understand.

You can find Easy English resources on the Easy English page.

New NDIS resources for Aboriginal people available now

New NDIS resources are now available for Aboriginal people with disability, their families, carers and communities on this website.

Four new fact sheets have been developed in addition to the NDIS for Aboriginal people with disability in NSW (Fact sheet 1), they are:

These Aboriginal fact sheets are a start in supporting our Aboriginal people and communities to begin the conversations around disability and what the NDIS may mean to them and their families.

You can find all the available information under the new Aboriginal people section of this website.

NSW disability sector awarded

On Thursday 19 November, the winners of the fourth annual NSW Disability Industry Innovation Awards were announced. The Awards, held at NSW Parliament House, recognise new and exciting initiatives developed by the sector to improve the lives of people with disability.

They also recognise efforts in NSW to better prepare for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Minister for Disability Services, John Ajaka, said.

“As the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme continues across the state, it is important for the disability sector to think outside the square to prepare for the changes and opportunities that the NDIS will bring.

“The winners of the Innovation Awards have successfully demonstrated how they are responding to change by developing adaptive, person-centred disability supports,” Minister Ajaka said.

The 2015 Awards, which are an initiative of the NSW Government in partnership with National Disability Services (NDS), include seven categories, plus a Minister’s Award for Excellence.

The 2015 winners and finalists

Minister’s Award for Excellence

Winner: Maria Katrivesis

Category 1: Leadership in community partnerships and transformation

Winner: Community Care Options

Finalists: Lifestart, Northcott Innovation and Northcott/ SpineCare Foundation

Category 2: Leadership in NDIS readiness

Winner: Kurrajong Waratah

Finalists: House with No Steps and Thorndale Foundation

Category 3: Excellence in individualised decision support and service provision

Winner: Susan Porteous, ConnectAbility

Finalists: Melinda Creamer and Jim Crookston 

Category 4: Leadership in community accessibility

Winner: NSW Rural Fire Service/ The Deaf Society NSW

Finalists: Family Planning NSW and Shopfront Arts Co-op

Category 5: Excellence in employment inclusion

Winner: Nathan Basha

Finalist: Key Employment

Category 6: Excellence in promoting cultural competency

Winner: Maria Katrivesis

Category 7: Excellence in Indigenous programs

Winner: Hastings Aboriginal Network for Disability and Mental Health (HANDMH)

You can visit the Disability Industry Innovation Awards website for more information and photos of the event. You can read more about the NDIS on the NDIS NSW website.

Auslan and community language translations available now

To cap off the end of the National Week of Deaf People (NWDP), we’re happy to announce that we now have information on the NDIS rollout in NSW available in Auslan.

The information, available on the Auslan section of our Languages page, includes topics such as eligibility for the NDIS, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), and when the NDIS will be available.

Information is also now available in six community languages on the Languages page of the website:

Translations in these languages are currently available for three core NDIS in NSW resources:

  • How and when will I access the NDIS?
  • GUIDE: People with disability, their families and carer
  • GUIDE: What you need to know about the National Disability Insurance Scheme rollout in New South Wales

We will have more translated materials in the coming weeks, so keep checking back in.

You can email your feedback on the new resources and the website.

If you’d like more information on the National Week of Deaf People, a week-long national celebration of Deaf individuals and the Deaf Australian community, you can visit Deaf Australia’s website.