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The NDIS is now available in NSW.
NSW statistics as at 31 March 2018
- 74,684 people in New South Wales are benefiting from the NDIS
- 18,154 people in New South Wales are receiving support for the first time
- 12% growth in the number of participants has been achieved this quarter
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)
Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI)
The Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) approach is available to all children aged 0-6 years with a developmental delay or disability across NSW.
The NDIA has worked closely with the NSW Government and Early Childhood Intervention Australia NSW/ACT to help families transition to the NDIA through an arrangement with Early Childhood transition providers. These transition providers are delivering supports consistent with elements of the NDIS ECEI approach until 30 June 2018.
From 1 July 2018 one of our Partners in the Community (Partners) delivering ECEI services will be your main contact point for the NDIS and can help you understand and access the most appropriate supports for your child.
These Partners will be working closely with the transition providers and if you have any questions you can contact your transition provider, or local Partner (listed below).
If you and your child are currently receiving services and supports from one of the transition providers, they will work with you and the new Partner to make sure you continue to receive the supports needed for you and your child.
For more information on this transitional arrangement go to the NSW transitional approach to delivering Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) page.
In NSW, the new Partners delivering ECEI services are:
- Lifestart (external) in the Central Coast, Illawarra Shoalhaven, South Eastern Sydney, Sydney, and Nepean Blue Mountains Service Areas.
- Northcott (external) in the Hunter New England, Mid North Coast, Northern NSW, and Western Sydney Service Areas.
- Mission Australia (external) in the Far West and Western NSW Service Areas.
- EACH (external) in the South Western Sydney, and Southern NSW Service Areas.
- Intereach (external) in the Murrumbidgee Service Area.
- Cerebral Palsy Alliance (external) in the Northern Sydney Service Area.
To find your nearest Partner office, go to Our locations page.
Where a Partner may also be approved by the NDIA to remain a registered provider of supports this will not be in the areas they are delivering ECEI services as listed above.
If you are interested in working with one of our Partners to deliver ECEI services, visit the below recruitment pages:
- Lifestart Employment Opportunities (external)
- Northcott Careers (external)
- Mission Australia Careers (external)
- Intereach Careers (external)
- Cerebral Palsy Alliance Careers (external)
Ability Links NSW (ALNSW) (external) supports people with disability, their families and carers to connect with their local community and to fulfil their goals. ALNSW is delivered by 295 Linkers across NSW, including 74 Aboriginal-identified Linkers.
Over the next 12 months, 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 (external).
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.