Getting a service
Supports and services are available from many community organisations, government agencies and non-government organisations to assist people with disability and their families. At present, the NSW Government is continuing to provide some services to people with disability while the National Disability Insurance Scheme rolls out.
If you (or your family member) have a permanent disability and need support with communicating, learning, moving around, making decisions or daily care, then you may be eligible for a service.
How can you access a service if the NDIS has not commenced in your local area?
The service that you contact will determine your eligibility and discuss with you if their service is right for you.
Your local ADHC Information and Pathways team can give you advice about eligibility and the services that are available in your area. They will also support you to decide what services best meet your needs. This will depend very much on what you would like to do and your plans for the future.
What support is available for young children?
If you are worried about your child’s development, contact your local General Practitioner, child health centre, or paediatrician.
If your baby or young child has recently received a diagnosis of disability there are services available to support you.
What support is available for children, young people and adults with a disability?
A range of supports and planning services are available for people with disability over six years of age:
- Information and advocacy services (PDF)
- Search for ADHC services in your local area
- Care and support for people with Acquired Brain Injury, referral and service options in NSW
- Services for people with degenerative neurological conditions - contact the Attendant Care Physical Disability Unit on (02) 93743612
- ADHC Information and Pathways teams
- Carer support
- Caring for a child with disability
- Ability Links
How can you access a service if the NDIS is in your area?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is an Australia-wide scheme to support people with permanent and significant disability which will replace the current disability support system.
The NDIS will give people with disability real choice and control over your life by allowing you to decide what supports you receive, when and how often.
- The Scheme, which is being implemented by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), will be rolled out across NSW over two years between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2018. When you can access the NDIS will depend on where you live and what disability supports you currently receive. From 1 July 2016, people living in Hunter New England, Southern New South Wales , 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 the state, and people living in Northern New South Wales, Mid North Coast, Sydney, South Eastern Sydney, Illawarra Shoalhaven, Murrumbidgee, Western New South Wales and Far West New South Wales will be able to access the NDIS.
The focus over this period will be upon transitioning existing ADHC clients to the NDIS. However, if you do not currently receive specialist disability supports from ADHC and you are in immediate need of assistance, there will be some capacity during the rollout to access the Scheme when it starts in your local area.
From 1 July 2018, all eligible people living in NSW will be able to access the NDIS.For more information about the NDIS rollout in NSW, visit the NDIS NSW website. The website contains a range of useful tools, links and information for clients and service providers.
To find out about NDIS eligibility and the participant planning process, visit the national NDIS website or phone 1800 800 110