FACT SHEET: How and when will I access the NDIS?

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The National Disability Insurance Scheme is rolling out across New South Wales between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2018. When you are able to access the NDIS depends on what supports, if any, you currently receive and where you live.

This fact sheet explains how and when you will be able to access the NDIS.

When will the NDIS be available in my local area?

The NDIS is rolling out across New South Wales between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2018.

From 1 July 2016, people living in Hunter New England, Southern New South Wales, Central Coast, Northern Sydney, South Western Sydney, Western Sydney and Nepean Blue Mountains will be able to access the NDIS.

From 1 July 2017, the NDIS will be in place across the rest of the state, and people living in Northern New South Wales, Mid North Coast, Sydney, South Eastern Sydney, Illawarra Shoalhaven, Murrumbidgee, Western New South Wales and Far West New South Wales will be able to access the NDIS.

These locations reflect the current New South Wales disability and Health service districts.

Once the NDIS is available in my area, when will I access it?

People who currently receive specialist disability supports through the NSW Government or a service provider funded by the NSW Government will move to the NDIS as it rolls out. How and when people with disability access the NDIS will depend on the type of support they receive now and where they live.

Current supports will continue until a person has moved to the Scheme and their NDIS plan is in place.

People living in large and small residential centres and group homes and people accessing hostels, attendant care, in-home support or alternative family placement:

People who currently access these supports living in year 1 districts will move to the NDIS first, between 1 July and September 2016.

These people do not need to apply for access to the NDIS. They will be contacted by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) when it is their turn to access the NDIS.

People who attend day, recreation and life skills programs as well as people who receive support from therapy, early or behaviour intervention programs or use case management services:       

Most people who currently access these supports living in year 1 districts are likely to move to the NDIS between 1 July and December 2016.

These people do not need to apply for access to the NDIS. They will be contacted by the NDIA when it is their turn to access the NDIS.

People accessing centre-based and flexible respite services:

Most people who currently access these supports living in year 1 districts are likely to move to the NDIS from 1 January 2017.

These people do not need to apply for access to the NDIS. They will be contacted by the NDIA when it is their turn to access the NDIS.

People accessing domestic or personal care assistance, personal care, meal services, home modifications and transport services:

People who currently access these supports need to apply for access to the NDIS. They will need to provide evidence of their disability as part of their NDIS access request. Information about providing evidence of disability can be found on the national NDIS website: www.ndis.gov.au

If deemed eligible for the NDIS, most of these people living in year 1 areas will move to the NDIS from January 2017.

These people will be contacted throughout the year by the NDIA to apply, so they do not need to contact the NDIA directly.

People who do not currently receive NSW funded disability support:

These people will have the opportunity to access the Scheme when it starts in their local area, if they are in immediate need of assistance, and do not currently have support.

Where do I find more information?

For more information on the rollout for the NDIS in NSW visit www.ndis.nsw.gov.au