Frequently Asked Questions – Early Transition in Nepean Blue Mountains

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What is the early transition to the NDIS?

On 19 May 2015 the Commonwealth and NSW Government signed an agreement to allow the delivery of National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) supports for up to 2000 children and young people with disability under 18 years of age (as at 1 July 2015) in the Nepean Blue Mountains by 30 June 2016.

The focus in Nepean Blue Mountains is on early intervention, which ensures children and young people with disability are able to access supports early on in life with a view to helping them attend mainstream schools, engage in community activities and participate fully in life.

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) office will open on 1 July 2015, a year ahead of the planned 1 July 2016 date for the rollout of the NDIS across NSW, with families starting to receive packages from September.

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Who is eligible to access the early transition of the NDIS?

To access the NDIS in Nepean Blue Mountains people must:

  • Be under 18 years of age on 1 July 2015*
  • have an impairment or condition that is likely to be permanent and stops them from doing everyday things for themselves or need support now that will reduce their need for support in the future or be aged under six years with developmental delay
    and
  • Live in the Local Government areas of the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Lithgow and Penrith
  • be an Australian citizen, a permanent resident or hold a Protected Special Category Visa.

* Children born after 1 July 2015 will be able to access the NDIS as part of the early transition.

This means:

If you are born on or after 2 July 1997 – you meet the age requirements to access the Scheme as part of the early transition.

If you are born on or before 1 July 1997 – you will be able to access the NDIS when the rest of NSW begins transition from July 2016.

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When will supports be available?

In the Nepean Blue Mountains area, the NDIS will initially help children, young people, their families and carers to get ready for the Scheme through community engagement forums and assistance with access and planning.

Children and young people under 18 years of age along with their families and carers will work with Community Connectors from the NDIA to prepare for the planning process.

This will include working with participants to identify goals, to link into mainstream services and activities and strengthen informal supports. Planning for funded supports in the Nepean Blue Mountains will start from 1 September 2015 as participants are phased in from their existing programs.

The details on how children and young people under 18 years of age in Nepean Blue Mountains will phase into the NDIS is being negotiated between the Commonwealth and NSW Governments.

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What will happen to supports children and young people receive now?

The Commonwealth and the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) will continue to provide disability supports to existing clients as they transition to the NDIS.

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When will people aged 18 and over in Nepean Blue Mountains be able to access to the NDIS?

The plan for rolling out the NDIS to people with disability aged 18 and over in the Nepean Blue Mountains area is still being finalised, with the rest of NSW scheduled to begin transition from 1 July 2016. The Commonwealth and FACS will continue to provide disability supports to clients in the Nepean Blue Mountains area as the NDIS is fully rolled out in the area.

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Why was the Nepean and Blue Mountains area selected for the early transition?

There is a significant need in the Nepean and Blue Mountain area for children and young people with disability aged 0-17 years. The early transition is a significant investment in this group and is aimed at supporting family and carers to secure immediate supports to help young people with disability get the services they need to do now and in the future.

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When will the shopfront/s open, where will they be?

From Monday 31 August, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) will be located at 331 High St, Penrith. Accessible parking is located close by.

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How do I access the NDIS in the Nepean Blue Mountains site?

Attend an upcoming forum run by the NDIS, NSW FACS, My Choice Matters or IDEAS to find out more about the NDIS, who is eligible and how to begin the planning process.

For more information on My Choice Matters, please talk to a Community Connector or visit the my choice matters website.

For more information on IDEAS, please talk to a Community Connector or visit the ideas website.

Further information will be available shortly about how children, young people and their families prepare of the scheme in the Nepean Blue Mountains area.
These forums will be widely advertised through service providers, local councils, FACS and the NDIA. The NDIA website is a good place to keep up to date with what is happening.

For children aged 0-6 years, not currently receiving disability supports from the NSW Government, please talk to the service available in your Local Government Area listed below. These services are working in partnership with the NDIA to help your families who have concerns about their child’s development.

Penrith & Blue Mountains

Lapstone Preschool Kindergarten Association
173 Explorers Rd
Lapstone NSW 2773
(02) 4739 2606
director@lapstonepreschool.com.au

OR

Lifestart
8-10 Carinya Ave
St Marys NSW 2760
(02) 9323 2100
nepean@lifestart.org.au

Lithgow

SDN Children’s Services
21 Pronto Ave
Lithgow, NSW 2790
(02) 6352 1700
info@sdn.org.au

Hawkesbury

Hawkesbury Early Childhood Intervention Service
12 Stewart St
South Windsor NSW 2756
(02) 4587 7277
info@hecis.org.au  

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How will the 2000 children/young people be identified and/or prioritised?

Children aged 0-6 years who are not meeting developmental milestones and who do not currently receive disability supports from the New South Wales Government may be assisted through the early intervention service listed above for your area.

From 1 September 2015 to 31 March 2016 children and young people currently receiving support from NSW Government funded disability services will be transitioned to the NDIS. In this initial phase, priority has largely been given to 0-6 year olds currently receiving services through Early Childhood Intervention providers.

Families involved in the Commonwealth Government’s Helping Children with Autism (HCWA) program will begin to transition from 1 September 2015.

Children currently receiving support under the Commonwealth Government’s Better Start for Children with Disability Initiative (Better Start) will be progressively transitioned into the Scheme from 1 September 2015.

Children and young people not currently receiving disability supports from the NSW Government will progressively transition into the Scheme from 1 September 2015.

Children and young people not currently receiving disability supports from the NSW Government will progressively transition into the Scheme from 1 September 2015 with priority being given to those in urgent or exceptional circumstances.

From 1 April 2016 to 30 June 2016 other children and young people aged under 18 currently receiving support from NSW Government funded disability services will transition to the NDIS.
Existing Commonwealth and state-based services and supports will continue until eligible people start their plan with the NDIS.

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What if more than 2000 people apply to participate in the early transition?

If more than 2000 children and young people under 18 years of age become eligible they will be phased in during the Transition to Full Scheme from 1 July 2016.

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When will I know which service providers will be phased in, and when?

Once the decision on phasing is agreed between the Commonwealth and NSW Governments, the Commonwealth, NDIA and FACS will work in partnership to ensure this works smoothly in Nepean Blue Mountains.
The NDIA has already started to prepare providers and will continue to engage service providers in the lead up and throughout early transition.

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What happens if I am not linked to a service provider?

The Commonwealth, NDIA and FACS are working closely with other services – such as Education and Health – to ensure that people are aware of the NDIS in the Nepean Blue Mountains area.

More information about how people can connect with the Scheme will be available soon.
 

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What is the anticipated impact on the current service providers in the area – will they still be there, will there be new service providers, will there be continuity of service provision?

The Commonwealth and FACS will continue to provide disability supports to their clients until the NDIS is fully rolled out across NSW.

People receiving services from the Commonwealth or NSW Governments, will continue to receive these services until they make the transition to the NDIS and have an NDIS plan. There is a lot of work occurring in the sector and more information will be available soon.

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Will there be a list of local advocacy services to assist with decision support for participants, their families and carers who need it?

The NDIA will have contact information for advocates available to participants, their families and carers through the Community Connectors in the Nepean Blue Mountains area.

For a current list of ADHC funded decision support organisations and services please visit http://www.adhc.nsw.gov.au/individuals/support/directing_my_own_life/adv...

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