The NSW Government has transferred the majority of its disability services to the non-government sector to support the Australia-wide delivery of the NDIS to enable greater choice for people with disability. The services that have transferred so far include:
- specialist disability accommodation
- specialist supported living
- in-home support
- clinical and allied health
- centre based respite
The NSW Government has announced that Achieve Australia will operate the Summer Hill centre including its respite services with the transfer taking place on 1 November 2018.
The NSW Government is at various stages of the selection and planning for the transfer of the remaining government-run specialist disability services including:
- Casuarina Grove SSL centre
- Integrated Services Program
- Community Justice Program.
The NSW Government will continue to operate these services until they transfer.
The Hunter Residences will continue to operate, with staff employed by FACS, after 30 June 2018 until the project is completed. Work will continue on the project until the homes are delivered and everyone has been safely moved into their new homes.
All District-based accommodation, respite and in-home support services transferred to eight non-government providers by March 2018.
The Mountview Specialist Supported Living group home and the Temporary Care Unit (respite services) transferred to The Disability Trust on 28 June 2018.
In February 2016 the government transferred the Home Care Service of NSW to Australian Unity. This service was transferred in full to ensure continuity of services. The success of this program laid the groundwork for the future transfer of disability services.