Ageing, Disability & Home Care

2017 School Leavers and the NDIS

This information is for students with disability in NSW who are completing year 12 in 2017. It is also for schools and support teachers who will assess young people with disability leaving school in 2017.

What is the NDIS?

The NDIS will replace the state system. The NDIS is a new way of working that provides people with disability with choice and control over their lives and the supports they receive. The NDIS will roll out across NSW between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2018.

What supports will be available under the NDIS?

Under the NDIS, eligible people with disability will have an opportunity to make their own decisions about what supports they need and who provides them.

The roll out of the NDIS means that instead of specific programs being run, eligible people with disability, through their plan will be able to access the reasonable and necessary supports they need in their lives. This means that many of the types of supports and activities that are available from Ageing Disability and Home Care (ADHC) will be available under the NDIS.

If a young person is already receiving disability support from the NSW Government (ADHC) then those current support arrangements will continue until the person can apply to access support under the NDIS. At that point, staff from the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) will meet with the person to discuss their ongoing support needs and how these can be met through the NDIS.

Which Districts will transition to the NDIS from 1 July 2017?

The NSW and Commonwealth Governments have signed an agreement for how the NDIS will be rolled out across NSW between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2018.

People that live in the following districts began transitioning to the NDIS from 1 July 2016 (year 1):

  • Central Coast
  • Hunter New England
  • Nepean Blue Mountains
  • Northern Sydney
  • South Western Sydney
  • Southern NSW
  • Western Sydney

People in the remaining areas of NSW will transition to the NDIS from 1 July 2017 (year 2). These Districts are:

  • Illawarra Shoalhaven
  • Mid North Coast
  • Murrumbidgee
  • Northern NSW
  • South Eastern Sydney
  • Sydney
  • Western NSW
  • Far West

If you want more information about when your area will transition to the NDIS visit the NDIS in NSW website.

What does the NDIS mean for the 2017 Post School Supports school leaver assessment process?

The annual school leaver eligibility assessment process is run by FACS, in partnership with the education sectors. It is for students with disability who wish to be assessed to test their eligibility for post school supports under the NDIS.

School leavers who live in areas that will transition to the NDIS from 1 July 2017 can choose to participate in the NSW Department of Family and Community Services, Ageing, Disability and Home Care (FACS) Post School Supports Assessment process, however a NSW funded Post School Program (Community Participation program or Transition to Work program) will not be provided. Instead, with consent, FACS will provide the assessment information to the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to support an application under the NDIS. If the school leaver participates in the Post School Supports Assessment, ADHC will provide information to the school leaver and their family about the next steps in September 2017.

School leavers who live in areas of NSW that have begun transitioning or have transitioned to the NDIS are not eligible to be assessed using the FACS Post School Supports Assessment. School leavers who live in these areas can choose to participate in the NDIS School Leaver Employment Support (SLES) Functional Assessment for 2017 School Leavers. For more information on this assessment speak to your school principal.

A postcode checker is also available on the NDIS website

Where can I get more information on the NDIS rollout in NSW?

If you wish to speak to someone about the NDIS you can call the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) on 1800 800 110.

More information about eligibility and planning is also available on the NDIS national website.

Detailed information and resources about transition of the NDIS in NSW can be found on the NSW NDIS website.

If you would like to know more about the school leaver assessment process you can contact the Life Skills and Respite information line on 1800 761 030.

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