NDIS Overview

The NDIS supports people with a permanent and significant disability that affects their ability to take part in everyday activities. We will work with you to identify supports you need to live your life. Supports may help you achieve goals in many aspects of your life, including independence, involvement in your community, education, employment and health and wellbeing.

NDIS gives you more choice and control over how, when and where your supports are provided, and gives you the certainty you will receive the support you need over your lifetime. It also focuses on early intervention where getting early supports can reduce the impact of disability on you or your child.

NDIS will be rolled out across NSW between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2018. For more information, click on the relevant factsheets below.

What you need to know about the NDIS rollout in NSW

The National Disability Insurance Scheme gives people with disability choice and control over the supports they receive.

140,000 people in New South Wales will receive support under the NDIS. This includes 95,000 people who currently receive disability supports

$6.4 billion a year will be spent in New South Wales on disability supports under the NDIS. This is a significant increase from current levels of funding.

The NDIS will be rolled out in New South Wales over two years. When you can access the NDIS depends on where you live.

From 1 July 2016, participants will be able to access the NDIS if you live in the following districts:

  • Central Coast; Hunter New England; Nepean Blue Mountains; Northern Sydney; South Western Sydney; Southern New South Wales; and Western Sydney

From 1 July 2017, participants will be able to access the NDIS if you live in the following districts:

  • Illawarra Shoalhaven; Mid North Coast; Murrumbidgee; Northern New South Wales; South Eastern Sydney; Sydney; Western New South Wales; and Far West

The NDIS rollout started in a trial site in the Hunter in July 2013. In July 2015 it started in the Nepean Blue Mountains for children and young people aged 0-17 years.

How and when you will be able to access the NDIS also depends on what supports, if any, you currently receive.

People currently receiving specialist disability supports including people living in supported accommodation, accessing a community access service such as a day program, or case management service – The majority will be able to access the NDIS in the first six months of each of the two year rollout periods. They will not need to apply for access to the NDIS but will go through a simplified access process.

People who access specialist disability support from time-to-time, or for a short amount of time each week, including people who access respite or a community care program, will be able to access the NDIS throughout each of the two year rollout periods. People receiving respite services will go through a simplified access process. People receiving community care services will be supported to apply for access to the NDIS.

New participants (people who do not currently receive specialist disability supports from the New South Wales Government) 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.

From 1 July 2018, all of the expected 140,000 eligible people living in New South Wales will be able to access the NDIS.

Information, Linkages and Capacity Building includes programs and services to support you to prepare for the NDIS ahead of the rollout in each area. These will assist you with pre-planning, finding local services and information about the types of supports that are available.

Continuity of support means no one will be disadvantaged in the move to the NDIS. People who had been receiving specialist disability support, but are not eligible for the NDIS, will maintain the same outcomes they received before the NDIS.

A national quality and safeguarding system will be in place once the rollout is incomplete. Until it is in place, the existing State and Commonwealth quality assurance arrangements will continue.

What should you do now?

  1. Find out when you can access the NDIS, and if you may be eligible via ndis.nsw.gov.au.
  2. Start to think about the types of supports you would need or what you want to change.
  3. You will be contacted before the rollout in your area. The NDIA, New South Wales Government, or service providers will contact people who already receive disability supports. If you do not currently receive disability support, you should contact the NDIA once the NDIS is available in your area.

Your New South Wales Government-funded disability supports will continue until you can access the NDIS in your local area.

If you need any assistance with your NDIS plan, chat with us today!

VIDEO – ‘Living Life My Way’ | NDIS at Work

Posted 13 December 2015
This video shows how the NDIS has supported participants, their carers and family in the NDIS trail sites.

VIDEO – ‘Living My Plan’ | Part 2

Posted 13 December 2015
A follow-up to the video above where we meet the participants 2 years on.