NDIS rolls out across half of NSW

Image shows Minister Ajaka, RIDBC CEO Chris Rehn and students celebrating the NDIS NSW launch


Minister Ajaka (right), RIDBC CEO Chris Rehn (left) and students celebrating the NDIS NSW launch

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

You can also watch a video of Minister Ajaka discussing the NSW NDIS rollout on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bY_vG-p9WYo

NSW welcomes clarity on specialist disability housing

People with disability and service providers in NSW have been given much-needed clarity on the future of specialist disability housing, Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka today announced.

The NSW Government welcomed the release of the National Disability Insurance Agency’s (NDIA) Specialist Disability Accommodation Position Paper on Draft Pricing and Payments. It details the pricing and payment approach that will fund specialist disability accommodation for eligible National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants from 1 July 2016.

Minister Ajaka said the release of the Draft Position Paper was an important milestone in giving people with disability, their families, carers and providers greater clarity about specialist housing in NSW.

“The NDIS gives people real choice and control over their own lives, including being able to choose where they want to live.

“From talking to providers, I know just how eager the sector is in NSW to plan for the future, and explore new, innovative models of delivering specialist housing.

“That is why, for the past year I have been working closely with my ministerial colleagues, including through the Disability Reform Council, to progress this important part of the NDIS.

“I congratulate the Commonwealth Minister for Social Services Christian Porter for overseeing the development of this policy, and I look forward to him taking the necessary steps  to make the arrangements final,” Mr Ajaka said.

Specialist Disability Accommodation refers to specialist designed housing for those participants requiring integrated housing and supports, due to their significant functional impairment and/or complex needs.

The NDIA has invited stakeholders to provide their feedback on the Draft Position Paper by Friday 15 April 2016.

Following the consultation, the NDIA will then release the final Specialist Disability Accommodation benchmark pricing and payments approach before the NDIS commencing on 1 July 2016.

For more information about the Position Paper, go to: https://myplace.ndis.gov.au/ndisstorefront/news/sda-decision-paper-0.html

100 Days To Go: New Era Dawns For Disability Services

Disability Services Minister, John Ajaka, and NDIS Participant and Ability Options client, Julie Godsell

Disability Services Minister, John Ajaka, and NDIS Participant and Ability Options client, Julie Godsell

Today is a significant day for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in NSW with just 100 days to go until the full rollout of the NDIS begins in NSW, and, the announcement of a new Transition Assistance Program.

Minister for Disability Services, John Ajaka, marked 100 days to go milestone with clients, families and carers at Ability Options at Bella Vista and Parliament House.

From today, there are just 100 days before one of the most significant days in history for people with disability and their families. From 1 July, people living in half the state will have choice and control over their lives and the supports they receive.

“From today, there are just 100 days before one of the most significant days in history for people with disability and their families.

“From 1 July, people living in half the state will have choice and control over their lives and the supports they receive,” Mr Ajaka said, speaking from Bella Vista.

The Minister later announced the Transition Assistance Program, a new grant to help rural and remote disability support service providers get ready for the NDIS.

The program, which is available to providers that have less than $3 million in annual turnover and are located in or provide services to rural and remote areas and intend to become providers under the NDIS, is now open for applications.

You can read more about the rollout of the NDIS in NSW on the NDIS NSW website.

Transition Assistance Program application forms and guidelines can be found on the Ageing and Community Services NSW & ACT website. Applications for funding under close Friday, 22 April 2016.

NSW NDIS grows jobs and support

The NDIS in NSW is expected to generate up to 28,930 extra jobs and double the size of the disability services market to $6.8 billion during the next three years.

The market for disability supports in the state is also expected to grow from 78,000 people in 2016 to 142,000 in 2019.

The forecast figures, taken from the National Disability Insurance Agency’s (NDIA) NSW Market Position Statement, suggest a jobs and economic boom in NSW.

Growth is being fuelled by strong demand for disability supports and services from regions such as South Western Sydney, Western Sydney and the Hunter New England.

In Western Sydney, for example, the disability services market will increase in size by $390 million by June 2019. This is expected to create between 2700 and 3300 full time equivalent jobs.

You can read the full NSW Market Position Statement on the NDIA’s website, and read the joint statement from NSW Minister for Disability Services, John Ajaka, and Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter, on the Family and Community Services (FACS) website.

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 ndis.nsw.gov.au 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 ndis.gov.au 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: http://www.aaaff.com.au/ or call 02 9281 5608.

To find out more about IDPwD please visit the website: http://www.idpwd.com.au/

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: www.mychoicematters.org.au

Image of people using the My Learning Matters e-too