People with disability living in the local government areas of Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Maitland have been able to access the NDIS though the Hunter trial. The three-year trial concluded on 30 June 2016, and has now moved to a full-scheme as of 1 July 2016.
From 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016, the NDIS was available to eligible participants aged between 0-17 in the Nepean and Blue Mountains area, a full year ahead of schedule. The Nepean Blue Mountains area moved to full-scheme on 1 July 2016.
From 1 July 2016, people living in the Hunter New England, Southern NSW, Central Coast, Northern Sydney, South Western Sydney, Western Sydney and Nepean Blue Mountains districts will be able to access the NDIS.
From 1 July 2017, the NDIS will be in place across the rest of NSW, and people living in Northern NSW, Mid North Coast, Sydney, South Eastern Sydney, Illawarra Shoalhaven, Murrumbidgee, Western NSW and Far West NSW will be able to access the NDIS.
How does this affect me if I currently receive supports?
Most people who currently receive specialist disability supports will be able to access the NDIS in the first six months of their rollout period. This includes people who might be living in supported accommodation, accessing a community access services such as a day program or case management service.
How does this affect me if I do not currently receive supports from the NSW Government?
Supporting people who are in immediate need of assistance, and do not currently have support, is important during the rollout. There is some capacity during the rollout for people who have not previously received supports to access the scheme when it starts in their local area.