NDIS rollout in New South Wales

Girl with Down Syndrome playing in a park

The National Disability Insurance Scheme is rolling out across New South Wales between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2018.

The New South Wales and Commonwealth Governments have signed an agreement that outlines how and when the NDIS will roll out.

When and how people access the scheme will be based on three factors:

  1. Where they live.
  2. What supports, if any, they currently receive.
  3. Their need for support if they don’t currently receive any.

People wishing to access the NDIS should check that they meet the access requirements, which are available on the national NDIS website.

When will the NDIS be available?

With so many people coming into the scheme in such a short time it is important that there is a planned approach to how they access the NDIS.

People with disability living in the local government areas of Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Maitland have been able to access the NDIS though the Hunter trial. The trial ran for the three years to 30 June 2016, becoming a full-scheme area on 1 July 2016.

From 1 July 2015, the NDIS was available to eligible participants aged between 0-17 in the Nepean and Blue Mountains area, a full year ahead of schedule. From 1 July 2016, Nepean Blue Mountains moved to a full-scheme area.

From 1 July 2016, people living in the Hunter New England, Southern New South Wales, Central Coast, Northern Sydney, South Western Sydney, Western Sydney and Nepean Blue Mountains districts are able to access the NDIS.

From 1 July 2017, the NDIS will be in place across the rest of NSW, and people living in Northern New South Wales, Mid North Coast, Sydney, South Eastern Sydney, Illawarra Shoalhaven, Murrumbidgee, Western New South Wales and Far West NSW will be able to access the NDIS.

How does this affect people currently receiving supports?

The majority of people currently receiving specialist disability supports will be able to access the NDIS in the first six months of each of the two year rollout periods, using a simplified access process. This includes people who might be living in supported accommodation, accessing a community access service such as a day program or case management service.

People who access specialist disability supports from time-to-time, or for a short amount of time each week, 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.

How does this affect people  who do not currently receive supports from the New South Wales Government?

Supporting people who are in immediate need of assistance, and do not currently have support, is important during the rollout. There is some capacity during the rollout for people who have not previously received supports to access the scheme when it starts in their local area.


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