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.

Minister Ajaka’s NDIS video message at Every Australian Counts

To coincide with the signing on the NDIS bilateral agreement between the NSW and Commonwealth Governments, Minister for Ageing and Disability John Ajaka has pre-recorded a video message for the Every Australian Counts website.

Minister Ajaka was in Canberra for the signing of the historic agreement alongside NSW Premier Mike Baird, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Assistant Minister for Social Service Mitch Fifield and Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews.

To watch Minister Ajaka’s video, or to read a transcript, please visit the Every Australian Counts website.


Delivering the NDIS to more than half of eligible Australians


The Commonwealth, New South Wales and Victorian governments today signed the first agreements for the full rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Today’s historic signings confirm the joint commitment of the Commonwealth, New South Wales and Victorian Governments to people with disability, their families and carers.

The agreements give certainty to around 140,000 people with disability in New South Wales and around 105,000 people with disability in Victoria. They also give certainty to their families and carers.

Together, the signed agreements with New South Wales and Victoria cover more than half of around 460,000 Australians and their families who are expected to be eligible for support from the NDIS when it is fully rolled out.

The NDIS is one of the largest social policy reforms in Australia’s history. Working together, our governments are building a sustainable scheme that will stand the test of time.

Transition will begin in July 2016, with a geographical roll out moving from region to region, covering all eligible people under 65.

The region-by-region roll outs will ensure service providers have time to grow, to meet the needs of their clients and to meet demand.

In New South Wales, the rollout will start with the Central Coast, Hunter-New England, Nepean-Blue Mountains, Northern Sydney, South-Western Sydney, Western Sydney, and Southern New South Wales regions.

The Illawarra-Shoalhaven, Mid North Coast, Murrumbidgee, Northern New South Wales, South-Eastern Sydney, Sydney, Western New South Wales, and the Far West regions will start entering the scheme from July 2017.

In Victoria, the Northern East Melbourne, Central Highlands and Loddon regions will join the scheme from 1 July 2016. The regions of Inner Gippsland, Ovens-Murray, Western District, Inner Eastern Melbourne, Outer Eastern Melbourne, Hume-Moreland and the Bayside Peninsula will commence from July 2017, followed by Southern Melbourne, Western Melbourne, Brimbank-Melton, Goulburn, Mallee and Outer Gippsland from July 2018.

Victorian children on the Early Childhood Intervention Services waitlist will enter the scheme during the first two years of transition and ahead of the scheduled transition of each region.

Today’s agreements are a huge accomplishment for the people of New South Wales and Victoria and will ensure people with disability in these states have access to the lifetime choice and support they need.

NDIS early roll out kicks off


The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) achieved a significant milestone today, as the early rollout of the Scheme in NSW commences.

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Ministers sign agreement for early NDIS rollout


The Commonwealth and NSW Governments today signed an agreement to begin the early rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in the Nepean Blue Mountains area of Western Sydney.

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