National Disability Insurance Scheme
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a once in a generation reform that will improve the lives of people with disability in Australia.
People with disability have the right to decide their own best interests, and to have choice and control over their lives and the supports they receive.
Through the NDIS, people with disability will be able to access the reasonable and necessary supports they need, to live the life they want and achieve their goals and aspirations.
The NDIS replaces the existing state system with an approach based on an entitlement to support people with disability.
When the NDIS is fully operational, an estimated 140,000 people in NSW will be able to access supports – this is an increase of approximately 50,000.
Hunter trial site
A NSW trial site commenced in the Hunter in the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Maitland local government areas on 1 July 2013. Download the NDIS Hunter trial status dashboard (PDF) to see what's happening in the Hunter trial site.
You can also view the Hunter trial site page on the NSW NDIS site.
Nepean Blue Mountain early transition
In April 2015 the NSW Government announced the early transition to the NDIS for up to 2,000 children and young people 0-17 years, living in the Nepean and Blue Mountains area. This region includes the Local Government Areas (LGA) of Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Lithgow and Penrith. The early transition commenced on 1 July 2015, Children with disability, their families and carers will begin to receive individual packages from September 2015. Click here to read more about information sessions for the early transition to the NDIS in Nepean Blue Mountains. Download the NDIS Nepean Blue Mountains trial status dashboard (PDF) to see what's happening in the Nepean Blue Mountains trial site.
You can also view the The NDIS in Nepean Blue Mountains page on the NSW NDIS site.
Rollout of the NDIS in NSW
The NSW and Commonwealth Governments have signed an agreement for how the NDIS will be rolled out across the state between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2018.
The NSW Government has developed a website which provides information on how and when the NDIS will roll out across NSW.
This website is designed to help people with disability in NSW – as well as their families, carers and service providers – to get ready for the NDIS. Go to: ndis.nsw.gov.au
For more details about how the NDIS will work, visit www.ndis.gov.au or call the NDIS Hotline on 1800 800 110.
How to show your support
Show your support for a National Disability Insurance Scheme via the national Every Australian Counts campaign. The campaign is being led by the National People with Disabilities and Carer Council and National Disability Services .
Show your support for a National Disability Insurance Scheme via the national Every Australian Counts campaign. The campaign is being led by the National People with Disabilities and Carer Council and National Disability Services.
FACS Transition Plan
To support the implementation of the NDIS in NSW FACS has developed a FACS Transition Plan. The FACS Transition Plan outlines the work being done by staff and teams across the department and to support the move to the NDIS. Click here to read the Transition Plan.