The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) started in NSW in July 2016, rolling out across half of the state. The rollout for the rest of NSW started on 1 July 2017 and the NDIS will be fully rolled out by mid 2018.
The NSW government is writing to the families of children and young people with disability who currently receive disability supports in the rollout areas to advise how and when they will enter the NDIS.
How will people move into the NDIS?
There is a planned approach to the way people enter into the NDIS.
The first people to move into the NDIS will be people living in large and small residential centres, group homes, hostels, attendant care, in-home support or alternative family placement.
People who attend day, recreation and life skills programs as well as people who receive support from therapy, early or behaviour intervention programs or use case management services and respite will start to move into the NDIS from October 2017.
People accessing personal care assistance, personal care, meal services, home modifications and transport services will move to the NDIS from January 2018. While other groups will transition automatically, this group will need to complete an NDIS access request and provide evidence of their disability and functional needs.
Information about providing evidence of disability can be found on the national NDIS website: www.ndis.gov.au.
Children and young people who do not currently receive NSW funded disability supports now have the opportunity to access the NDIS . Families of children and young people can test their eligibility for support with the NDIS. The NDIS can be contacted through its website: www.ndis.gov.au or the National Access Line 1800 800 110.
Other useful resources relating to the NDIS in NSW are available in plain and easy English, community languages and materials for Aboriginal people on this website www.ndis.nsw.gov.au.