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The NDIS is now available in NSW.
Local area coordination (LAC) in NSW
For most people, a Local Area Coordinator, or LAC, will be your main contact point for the NDIS.
In NSW, we have partnered with three well known community-based organisations to deliver LAC services. These are:
- Uniting (external) - covering Nepean Blue Mountains, Northern Sydney, Western Sydney, Southern NSW, Illawarra Shoalhaven
- St Vincent de Paul Society NSW (external) - covering South Western Sydney, Central Coast, Hunter New England, Sydney and South Eastern Sydney
- Social Futures (external) - covering Far West, Murrumbidgee, Mid North Coast, Northern NSW and Western NSW
If you are interested in working as an NDIS LAC in NSW you can find details about available positions by visiting the websites of our LAC partners:
- Uniting Vacancies (external site)
- St Vincent de Paul Society NSW Employment (external site)
- Social Futures Employment (external site)
The ECEI approach is available to all children aged 0-6 years with a developmental delay or disability across NSW.
For more information about the ECEI approach, visit the NDIS ECEI page.
The NDIA has worked closely with the NSW Government and Early Childhood Intervention Australia NSW/ACT to help families transition to the NDIA.
This means that until June 2018, current NSW Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) providers who provide supports consistent with elements of the NDIS ECEI approach will continue to deliver early childhood intervention, referralsto families and recommend reasonable and necessary supports to be funded under the NDIS.
If you have any questions in the interim, please contact your current provider. For children who are currently receiving services and supports from a provider not identified in list of transitions providers, please make contact with a transition providers within your geographical area.
For more information, go to NSW transitional approach to delivering Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) page.
Ability Links NSW (ALNSW) (external) supports people with disability aged 0-64, their families and carers to connect with their local community and support them to fulfil their goals. ALNSW is delivered by 347 Linkers across NSW including 79 Early Linkers focusing on supporting families and carers of children 0-8 and 74 Aboriginal-identified Linkers.
During the transition to the NDIS, ALNSW will primarily focus on providing support for people who are not NDIS Participants (including family members and carers of NDIS Participants) and people who have not yet transitioned into the Scheme, to help them to connect with their community or with mainstream supports. NDIS Local Area Coordinators (LAC) will generally support participants of the Scheme to access these mainstream and community supports. However, ALNSW may still work with a NDIS
Participant to enhance their natural and informal supports, which can be achieved outside of their NDIS Plan.
If a person does not meet the access requirements to become a NDIS participant, the NDIA or LAC may suggest that this person access a Linker through ALNSW in order to connect with informal community and mainstream supports. Referrals to ALNSW will follow the referral process currently in place by each ALNSW Provider locally.
For more information on how to contact your local Linker directly, visit Ability Links NSW.
We run regulary workshops and open house sessions where you can come and learn about the NDIS and ask us questions. Go to our NSW events page to book your place at our next session.