GUIDE: What you need to know about the National Disability Insurance Scheme rollout in New South Wales

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The National Disability Insurance Scheme gives people with disability choice and control over the supports they receive.

140,000 people in New South Wales will receive support under the NDIS. This includes 95,000 people who currently receive disability supports

$6.4 billion a year will be spent in New South Wales on disability supports under the NDIS. This is a significant increase from current levels of funding.

The NDIS will be rolled out in New South Wales over two years. When you can access the NDIS depends on where you live.

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

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

The NDIS rollout started in a trial site in the Hunter in July 2013. In July 2015 it started in the Nepean Blue Mountains for children and young people aged 0-17 years. Both these areas moved to full-scheme on 1 July 2016.

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/people-disability/access-requirements.html

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 of the expected 140,000 eligible people living in New South Wales will be able to access the NDIS.

Information, Linkages and Capacity Building includes programs and services to support you to prepare for the NDIS ahead of the rollout in each area. These will assist you with pre-planning, finding local services and information about the types of supports that are available.

Continuity of support means no one will be disadvantaged in the move to the NDIS. People who had been receiving specialist disability support, but are not eligible for the NDIS, will maintain the same outcomes they received before the NDIS.

A national quality and safeguarding system will be in place once the rollout in complete. Until it is in place, the existing State and Commonwealth quality assurance arrangements will continue.

What should you do now?

  1. Find out when you can access the NDIS, and if you may be eligible (access requirements) via www.ndis.gov.au/people-disability/access-requirements.html
  2. Start to think about the types of supports you would need or what you want to change.
  3. You will be contacted before the rollout in your area. The NDIA, New South Wales Government, or service providers will contact people who already receive disability supports. If you do not currently receive disability support, you should contact the NDIA once the NDIS is available in your area.

Your New South Wales Government-funded disability supports will continue until you can access the NDIS in your local area.