GUIDE: People with disability, their families and carers

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This guide will help you find out when you can access the NDIS. It covers three simple steps you can follow to find out when you will likely have access to the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

It also includes details of where you can find further information to start preparing for the NDIS.

Step 1. Find out if you may be eligible for the NDIS

  1. You are under 65 years of age at the time of application
  2. You are an Australian citizen or resident, or permanent visa holder
  3. You meet the disability or early intervention requirements

The National Disability Insurance Agency is the agency responsible for implementing the NDIS and determining your eligibility for access to the NDIS.

No one will be disadvantaged in the move to the NDIS. People who had been receiving specialist disability support, but aren’t eligible for the NDIS, will maintain the same outcomes they received before.

Am I eligible for the NDIS? To check your eligibility for the NDIS, visit the NDIS Access Checklist.

Step 2. Find out when your area will be able to access the NDIS

When you are able to access the NDIS depends on three things: 1) where you live 2) what supports, if any, you currently receive 3) your need for support, if you don’t currently receive any.

From 1 July 2016, you can access the NDIS if you live in the following areas:

From 1 July 2017, you will be able to access the NDIS if you live in the following areas:

For more information on when the NDIS will be available in your area refer to the fact sheet on the rollout in your local area.

Step 3. What supports do you currently receive?

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.

From 1 July 2018, all eligible people with disability living in New South Wales will be able to access the NDIS.

How do I check what supports I currently receive?

If you aren’t sure what types of supports you currently receive ask your support worker or service provider.

Next steps

  • Confirm when the NDIS will be available in your local area.
  • Confirm if you may be eligible via the New South Wales NDIS website.
  • Ask your current provider to make sure your information is up to date, ahead of planning discussions with the National Disability Insurance Agency (if you currently receive supports).
  • Visit the My Choice Matters website or speak to a family member or carer for help in working out your goals.
  • You will be contacted before the rollout in your area.

Families and carers are important partners in the NDIS rollout

We know that families and carers are important partners in the support of people with disability.

The New South Wales Government is committed to keeping you involved and informed as we roll out the NDIS.

You can use this guide to work with the person you care for to help them prepare for the NDIS.

Checklist for families and carers

  • Confirm that the person you care for may be eligible for the NDIS via the NDIS website.
  • Use this guide to talk through the rollout of the NDIS with the person you care for.
  • Contact local support services such as My Choice Matters to start preparing.

List of Local Government Areas in each district

Central Coast – Gosford, Wyong

Far West – Balranald, Broken Hill, Central Darling, Wentworth, Unincorporated Far West

Hunter New England – Armidale Dumaresq, Cessnock, Dungog, Glen Innes Severn, Gloucester, Great Lakes, Greater Taree, Gunnedah, Guyra, Gwydir, Inverell, Lake Macquarie, Liverpool Plains, Maitland, Moree Plains, Muswellbrook, Narrabri, Newcastle, Port Stephens, Singleton, Tamworth Regional, Tenterfield, Upper Hunter Shire, Uralla, Walcha

Illawarra Shoalhaven – Kiama, Shellharbour, Shoalhaven, Wollongong

Mid North Coast – Bellingen, Coffs Harbour, Kempsey, Nambucca, Port Macquarie-Hastings

Murrumbidgee – Albury, Berrigan, Bland, Boorowa, Carrathool, Conargo, Coolamon, Cootamundra, Corowa Shire, Deniliquin, Greater Hume Shire, Griffith, Gundagai, Harden, Hay, Jerilderie, Junee, Leeton, Lockhart, Murray, Murrumbidgee, Narrandera, Temora, Tumbarumba, Tumut Shire, Urana, Wagga Wagga, Wakool, Young

Nepean Blue Mountains – Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Lithgow, Penrith

Northern New South Wales – Ballina, Byron, Clarence Valley, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley, Tweed

Northern Sydney – Hornsby, Hunters Hill, Ku-ring-gai, Lane Cove, Manly, Mosman, North Sydney, Pittwater, Ryde, Warringah, Willoughby

South Eastern Sydney – Botany Bay, Hurstville, Kogarah, Randwick, Rockdale, Sutherland Shire, City of Sydney (Inner & East), Waverley, Woollahra

South Western Sydney – Bankstown, Camden, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Liverpool, Wingecarribee, Wollondilly

Southern New South Wales – Bega Valley, Bombala, Cooma-Monaro, Eurobodalla, Goulburn Mulwaree, Palerang, Queanbeyan, Snowy River, Upper Lachlan Shire, Yass Valley

Sydney – Ashfield, Burwood, Canada Bay, Canterbury, Leichhardt, Marrickville, Strathfield, City of Sydney (South & West)

Western New South Wales – Bathurst Regional, Blayney, Bogan, Bourke, Brewarrina, Cabonne, Cobar, Coonamble, Cowra, Dubbo, Forbes, Gilgandra, Lachlan, Mid-Western Regional, Narromine, Oberon, Orange, Parkes, Walgett, Warren, Warrumbungle Shire, Weddin, Wellington

Western Sydney – Auburn, Blacktown, Holroyd, Parramatta, The Hills Shire