The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is an Australia-wide scheme, supporting people with permanent and significant disability. The NDIS is replacing the current NSW disability support system.
The NDIS funds long-term high-quality care and support for people with significant disabilities, better links the community and people with disabilities, provides information to people, helps break down stereotypes, and ensures quality assurance and best practice among service providers.
The NDIS gives people with disability choice and control over the supports they receive. It helps people with disability support live life their way, achieve their goals and participate in the community.
Who is the National Disability Insurance Agency?
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is an independent agency that has been set up to deliver the NDIS.
The NDIA is overseen by the Council of Australian Governments Disability Reform Council. The NDIA website contains information for people with disability, including the NDIS Access Checklist, a tool which helps people to determine if they meet the eligibility criteria.
Will funding for disability services increase?
Yes. When the NDIS is fully implemented, the amount spent on specialist disability supports in NSW will grow to more than $6 billion a year.
In 2018-19, the NSW Government will contribute $3.13 billion and the Commonwealth will contribute $3.32 billion to the NDIS.
This increased investment will create a bigger, more diverse sector for people to access supports from, leading to significant jobs growth and business opportunities.
How is NSW preparing for the transition to the NDIS?
The NSW Government has undertaken a number of important reforms to support people in the period leading up to the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, including:
- Ready Together, which moved towards a more person-centred approach towards supporting people with disability.
- Living Life My Way, which supports the transition to individualised funding.
The NSW Government has also introduced legislation aimed at supporting a smooth transition to the NDIS, including the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NSW Enabling) Bill 2013 and the Disability Inclusion Act.
What role will the NSW Government have after the NDIS is completed?
The role of the NSW Government will change after the NDIS has been rolled out.
From July 2018, the NSW Government will not provide any residual specialist disability supports or basic community services. The whole of the NSW specialist disability budget funding will be transferred to the NDIS by July 2018.