FACT SHEET: What is the bilateral agreement?

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In December 2012 the New South Wales and Commonwealth Governments signed an agreement to have a National Disability Insurance Scheme in New South Wales.

They have now entered into a bilateral agreement that outlines how and when the NDIS will roll out in the state.

The agreement sets out what actions New South Wales, the Commonwealth and the National Disability Insurance Agency are responsible for during the rollout.

The New South Wales and Commonwealth Governments have announced a bilateral agreement that outlines how and when the NDIS will roll out in New South Wales. The introduction of the NDIS will give people with disability greater choice and control over the supports they receive and how they receive them.

This document explains what the bilateral agreement is, what it brings about, and why it is important to ensure a smooth transition to the NDIS for people with disability.

What is the Agreement and why is it important?

It outlines the roles and responsibilities for the NDIS that will be undertaken by the New South Wales Government, the Commonwealth Government, and the National Disability Insurance Agency.

It is a formal arrangement that builds on previous commitments. It confirms the funding, timing and resources that will be used to establish the NDIS in New South Wales.

Attached to the bilateral agreement is additional information about the rollout.

This information includes:

  1. How and when people will enter the scheme between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2018.
  2. The funding responsibilities of the New South Wales and Commonwealth Governments.
  3. Certainty that people currently receiving disability supports will not be disadvantaged when the NDIS is introduced.
  4. What assistance will be in place to support people with disability, service providers and the wider disability sector in New South Wales.
  5. That until the national quality and safeguarding approach is in place, the existing New South Wales and Commonwealth quality assurance arrangements will continue.
  6. The arrangements in place to support people to access accommodation that meets their needs and preferences.

How will the agreement affect me?

Refer to the What you need to know about the NDIS rollout in New South Wales fact sheet to read about how and when people with disability can access the NDIS.