To support the smooth transition of people with disability accessing the NDIS in year 1 areas across NSW, Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) has written to people with disability who currently access specialist disability supports through the NSW government to inform them of how and when they will access the NDIS.
In April 2016 ADHC wrote to people receiving accommodation and community high supports, as they will move into the Scheme first.
ADHC also wrote to people who:
- attend day, recreation and life skills programs
- receive support from therapy, early or behaviour intervention programs
- use case management services
- access centre-based and flexible respite services
- access supports such as personal care assistance, personal care, meal services, home modifications and transport services (often defined as community care).
People who currently access community care supports have received a slightly different letter, which advises them that they will need to provide evidence of their disability as part of their NDIS access request.
It is important to note that current disability supports for these people will continue until they have moved to the Scheme and their NDIS plan is in place.
People who do not currently receive NSW funded disability supports will have the opportunity to access the Scheme when it starts in their local area, if they are in immediate need of assistance, and do not currently have support.
Useful participant phasing resources:
Accessing the NDIS for people with disability in NSW fact sheet: which explains how people with disability in NSW can access the NDIS.
My first plan fact sheet: a fact sheet for people with disability planning to enter the NDIS. It provides information on what to expect in a first plan and how to prepare a first planning meeting.
Participant pathway resource: an illustrated guide that simplifies the journey into the NDIS for people currently accessing NSW funded specialist disability supports.
Information about the NDIS including eligibility and access requirements can be found on the national NDIS website www.ndis.gov.au or by calling the NDIA on 1800 800 110.