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National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

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The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a generational reform that will deliver a national system of disability support focused on the individual needs and choices of people with disability. The NDIS will provide people with disability support to live life their way, achieve their goals and participate in social and economic life.

The NDIS will roll out across the whole of NSW by 2018.

Transition to the NDIS in NSW builds on disability reforms already underway. Our Ready Together program continues the NSW Government's commitment to deliver over $2 billion in growth to the NSW disability system. NSW will continue to transform the current system to be NDIS-ready, providing person centred disability supports and expanding individual funding arrangements to give people with disability more choice and control.

NSW's input into the NDIS nationally has been informed by extensive consultations through Living Life My Way. Around 4,000 people told us their aspirations for how disability supports could be delivered in the future. NSW has directly influenced the national NDIS design based on this feedback.

Read more about Living Life My Way

What the NDIS means for people with disability

Under the NDIS, people with disability will make the decisions about their supports, including who will provide them. Funding for disability supports is allocated to each eligible individual, not to a service provider. For most people, the timeframe for moving to the NDIS is a number of years away. The National Disability Insurance Agency, together with Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC), will work with people with disability and their providers to ensure they continue to get their current supports during the transition.

For information about how the NDIA works, including Frequently Asked Questions, go to the NDIS website.

Read how NSW is helping people transition to the NDIS.

Hunter trial site

The NDIS commenced in the Hunter area on 1 July 2013. People with disability living in the three local government areas (LGAs) of Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Maitland will access the scheme gradually to enable a smooth transition from existing arrangements. People in the Hunter trial site will transition between 2013 and 2016. The full scheme will rollout across NSW between 2016 and 2018.

People with disability will establish a support plan with the NDIA and, once their plan is approved, will be able to choose how they implement their supports. Some people with individualised supports have already made choices about their supports, so change is not always necessary.

The NSW Government is working with the NDIA to ensure the best possible transition of people into the scheme. The three LGAs will see around 10,000 people with disability being eligible for the NDIS over the trial period. Careful planning is needed so people with disability have time to get ready for the planning process, and to consider their needs and goals before they engage with the NDIS.

Download the NDIS Hunter trial status dashboard (PDF) to see what's happening in the Hunter trial site.

Early transition to the NDIS in Nepean Blue Mountains

In May 2015 the NSW Government signed an agreement with the Commonwealth for the early transition to the NDIS for around 2,000 children and young people aged 0 to 17 years living in the Nepean and Blue Mountains area, which includes the Local Government Areas of  Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Lithgow and Penrith.

This early transition commenced on 1 July 2015, a year ahead of schedule. Children with disability, their families and carers will begin to receive individual packages from September 2015.

To help people learn more about the NDIS in the Nepean Blue Mountains there are a number of community forums and information sessions being held in Penrith, Lithgow, Katoomba and Windsor.

For more information about the early transition on Nepean Blue Mountains please visit click here or call the NDIS on 1800 800 110.

Click here to see events about Early transition to the NDIS in Nepean Blue Mountains.

More information

For more NDIS information, visit You can sign up for regular updates or for enquiries, call the NDIS Hotline on 1800 800 110.

How to show your support

Every Australian Counts logo - National Disability Insurance SchemeShow 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 .


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