The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is rolling out across New South Wales between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2018.
The NDIS will fund individualised support for people with disability, their families and carers. When fully implemented, the scheme will benefit around 140,000 eligible people with disability in NSW and boost total funding from around $3 billion to over $6 billion per year.
Information about the NDIS in NSW is also available in Auslan
Transition to the NDIS will happen in a carefully managed and well supported way. In NSW, the NDIS is being rolled out by districtin the following stages:
- 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.
Local health districts will focus on supporting eligible patients by sharing available information about transition and helping people with disability prepare for the NDIS assessment process.
When the NDIS commences in a district, people currently receiving supports through NSW Government specialist disability services will the first to transition to the NDIS. This includes existing NSW Family and Community Services clients who are living in supported accommodation and participating in a community access service, such as a day program or case management service.
Existing Commonwealth and state-based services and supports will continue until eligible people with disability start their plans with the NDIS.
The National Disability Insurance Agencyis the independent agency established to deliver the NDIS. The NDIA is responsible for assessing eligibility and working with participants to develop support plans to meet their needs.
NSW Health is working closely with the NDIA to ensure that our patients, their families and carers make the most of the opportunities and services available through the NDIS.
The NDIS will be rolled out across NSW by July 2018. Visit the NDIS websiteto find out more.