The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is an Australia-wide scheme designed to support people with permanent and significant disability live their lives to their full potential.
The NDIS rollout commenced in NSW in mid-2016 and is expected to be completed state-wide by July 2018.
The NDIS funds individualised support for people with disability, their families and carers. When fully implemented in NSW the scheme is expected to benefit approximately 140,000 eligible people with disability.
Transition in NSW
The transition to the NDIS is being carefully managed and is well supported across NSW Health. In NSW the scheme has been rolled out by regions and now covers people living in all fifteen local health districts (LHDs).
NSW Health staff are supporting patients with disability who wish to apply to the NDIS, including helping them prepare for their NDIS planning conversation. Contact details for your LHD are available.
People who are currently receiving funded supports through NSW Government specialist disability services are being supported to transition to the NDIS over the 2 year transition period (July 2016 – June 2018). This includes existing NSW Ageing Disability and Home Care (ADHC) clients who are living in supported accommodation and those participating in community access services (such as a day program or case management service).
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)
The NDIA is the independent Commonwealth 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.
Visit the NDIS website to find out more about the transition or the scheme.