First NDIS Roll Out Plan Announced
News just in: Both the New South Wales and Victorian Premiers have just joined the Prime Minister to release their NDIS roll out plans!
You can now find out when the NDIS is coming to you.
This is a significant milestone on the road to the full roll out of the NDIS across all of Australia.
Thanks to all of you who have campaigned for so long for a better deal for people with disability – we have achieved so much together.
And congratulations to the NSW, Victorian and Federal governments for seeing it through.
NSW Minister for Disability, John Ajaka has created a special message of thanks for Every Australian Counts supporters. You can watch it here.
John Della Bosca
for the Every Australian Counts team
NDIS Rollout in NSW Announced
The NDIS will be rolled out across NSW between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2018.
From 1 July 2016, people living in Hunter New England, Southern NSW, Central Coast, Northern Sydney, South Western Sydney, Western Sydney and Nepean Blue Mountains will be 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 NSW, Mid North Coast, Sydney, South Eastern Sydney, Illawarra Shoalhaven, Murrumbidgee, Western NSW and Far West NSW will be able to access the NDIS.
These locations reflect the current NSW disability and Health service districts.
With so many people coming into the scheme in such a short time it is important that there is a planned approach to how they access the NDIS.
The majority of people currently receiving specialist disability supports will be able to access the NDIS in the first six months of each of the two year rollout periods, using a simplified access process. This includes people who might be living in supported accommodation, accessing a community access service such as a day program or case management service.
People who access specialist disability supports from time-to-time, or for a short amount of time each week 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.
Supporting people who are in immediate need of assistance, and do not currently have support, is important during the rollout. There is some capacity during the rollout for people who have not previously received supports to access the scheme when it starts in their local area.
There is considerable work ahead of us as we prepare NSW for the NDIS.
We have attached an update and a people with disability, families and carers guide about the NDIS in NSW for your clients. We ask that you please print and send these materials to your clients so that they can be informed of when they are moving to the NDIS.
A service provider guide is also attached for your information. We will also write to all service providers with more information on the NSW NDIS rollout.
For more information
Please speak to your local contract manager or visit www.ndis.nsw.gov.au for more information. The website contains information specific to service providers and getting ready for the NDIS.