The National Disability Insurance Scheme will be available in the Northern New South Wales area from 1 July 2017.
The exact timing of when you will be able to access the NDIS depends on the type of disability supports, if any, you currently receive.
This fact sheet explains how and when you will be able to access the NDIS if you live in the Northern New South Wales area, which includes people living in the Local Government Areas of Ballina, Byron, Clarence Valley, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley, and Tweed.
When will the NDIS rollout in the Northern New South Wales area?
The NDIS will become available in the Northern New South Wales area from 1 July 2017.
How soon after the NDIS is available can I access support?
To help people in New South Wales move to the NDIS, we have grouped the types of support people currently receive into three categories.
This means when you will access the NDIS depends on the supports, if any, you currently receive.
People currently receiving specialist disability supports including people living in supported accommodation, accessing a community access service such as a day program, or case management service – The majority will be able to access the NDIS in the first six months of each of the two year rollout periods. They will not need to apply for access to the NDIS, but will go through a simplified access process.
People who access specialist disability supports from time-to-time, or for a short amount of time each week including people who access respite or a community care program – will be able to access the NDIS throughout each of the two year rollout periods. People receiving respite services will go through a simplified access process. People receiving community care services will be supported to apply for access to the NDIS.
New participants: If you have not previously accessed any New South Wales funded disability supports, you can access the National Disability Insurance Scheme from 1 July 2016, depending on which area you live in.
From 1 July 2018, all eligible people living in New South Wales will be able to access the NDIS.
What if I currently access support in another area?
When you can access the NDIS depends on where you live, not where your service provider is located.
You may currently access disability supports from a provider outside of the Northern New South Wales area. If your service provider registers with the NDIA as a service provider, you will be able to purchase supports from them when you access the NDIS. This is the case regardless of where your service provider is located.
What local support is available in my area to help me prepare for the NDIS?
You will get help with your planning, be able to access information and other supports. This help will be delivered through Information, Linkages and Capacity Building supports. You will be able to access these supports in Northern New South Wales ahead of the NDIS rollout.