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

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.

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.