Parts of the Hunter New England district have had access to the National Disability Insurance Scheme since 2013 as the local government areas of Newcastle, Maitland and Lake Macquarie formed the NDIS trial site in New South Wales.
The full scheme will become available in the Hunter New England district from July 2016.
The Hunter New England district covers the local government areas of Armidale Dumaresq, Cessnock, Dungog, Glen Innes Severn, Gloucester, Greater Taree, Great Lakes, Gunnedah, Guyra, Gwydir, Inverell, Lake Macquarie, Liverpool Plains, Maitland, Moree Plains, Muswellbrook, Narrabri, Newcastle, Port Stephens, Singleton, Tamworth Regional, Tenterfield, Upper Hunter Shire, Uralla, and Walcha.
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.
Accommodation support provides specialist accommodation to people with disability or help to remain in their existing accommodation. It includes group homes, residential centres and in-home living support.
If you receive accommodation support and meet the NDIS access requirements you can access the NDIS from July 2016. We will help you access the NDIS through a simplified process.
Community access and community support
Community Access and Community Support covers a large range of supports, including therapy, day programs and intervention services.
If you receive these supports and meet the NDIS access requirements you can access the NDIS from July 2016. We will help you access the NDIS through a simplified process.
Respite and community care
Respite and Community Care are supports that provide short-term breaks and practical help such as respite and domestic assistance.
If you receive these supports and meet the NDIS access requirements you can access the NDIS throughout the rollout period. People receiving respite services will go through a simplified process. People receiving community care services will be supported to apply for access to the NDIS.
Supporting people who are in immediate need of assistance, and do not currently receive 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.
For advice about your eligibility for the NDIS or how to access the scheme, please contact the NDIA by visiting ndis.gov.au or calling 1800 800 110.
If you have questions about your current supports, please contact your local Family and Community Services district office.