FACT SHEET: What is the bilateral agreement?

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The NSW and Commonwealth Governments have announced a bilateral agreement which outlines how and when the NDIS will roll out in NSW.

The agreement sets out what actions NSW, the Commonwealth and the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) are responsible for during the rollout.

What is the agreement and why is it important?

It outlines the roles and responsibilities for the NDIS that will be undertaken by the NSW Government, the Commonwealth Government, and the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).
It is a formal arrangement that builds on previous commitments. It provides information about funding, timing and resources that will be used to establish the NDIS in NSW.

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.

Specifically, 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 NSW and Commonwealth Governments.
  3. That until the national quality and safeguarding approach is in place, the existing NSW and Commonwealth quality assurance arrangements will continue.
  4. 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.

For more information about the NDIS in NSW visit www.ndis.nsw.gov.au