NDIS in New South Wales

From 1 July 2016 the NDIS became available across New South Wales.

Who can access the NDIS?

The NDIS is being introduced in stages, because it’s a big change and it is important to get it right and make it sustainable. Existing service users and new participants will enter the scheme progressively.

In NSW, the NDIS will be rolled out by district. When the NDIS commences in a district, people currently receiving supports through New South Wales Government specialist disability services will be moving first.

Existing Commonwealth and state-based services and supports will continue until eligible people with disability start their plans with the NDIS.

If you are not currently receiving disability supports you can apply to access the NDIS from 1 July 2018 (only those in urgent or exceptional circumstances).

You may meet the access requirements up to six months prior to the NDIS phasing in your area.

For more information, please visit Access requirements.

NSW is also transitioning to the NDIS Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) approach. For more information about the ECEI approach visit the NDIS ECEI page.

Find out more about ECEI in NSW (PDF 128KB)

 

Roll out of the NDIS in NSW – introduction video

Roll out of the NDIS in metropolitan Sydney – interactive map

Please use the following map to find out more about when the NDIS is arriving in your area. Click on your district for more information.

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Sydney metropolitan districts

Northern Sydney

The NDIS became available in the Northern Sydney district from July 2016.

The Northern Sydney district covers the local government areas of

  • Hornsby
  • Hunters Hill
  • Ku ring gai
  • Lane Cove
  • Manly
  • Mosman
  • North Sydney
  • Pittwater
  • Ryde
  • Warringah
  • Willoughby

South Eastern Sydney

The NDIS will become available in the South Eastern Sydney district from July 2017. A person may meet the access requirements to become a participant of the NDIS up to 6 months prior to this date.

The South Eastern Sydney district covers the local government areas of

  • Botany Bay
  • Hurstville
  • Kogarah
  • Randwick
  • Rockdale
  • Sutherland Shire
  • Waverley
  • Woollahra

The following suburbs within the Sydney (Inner and East) local government area:

  • Chippendale
  • Darlinghurst
  • Millers Point
  • Pyrmont, Surry Hills
  • The Rocks
  • Woolloomooloo
  • Paddington
  • Potts Point
  • Moore Park
  • Centennial Park
  • Dawes Point
  • Elizabeth Bay
  • Haymarket
  • Rushcutters Bay

South Western Sydney

The NDIS became available in the South Western Sydney district from July 2016.

The South Western Sydney district covers the local government areas of

  • Bankstown
  • Camden
  • Campbelltown
  • Fairfield
  • Liverpool
  • Wingecarribee
  • Wollondilly

Sydney

The NDIS will become available in the Sydney district from July 2017. A person may meet the access requirements to become a participant of the NDIS up to 6 months prior to this date.

The Sydney district covers the local government areas of

  • Ashfield
  • Burwood
  • Canada Bay
  • Canterbury
  • Leichhardt
  • Marrickville
  • Strathfield

The following suburbs within the Sydney (South and West) local government area:

  • Alexandria
  • Camperdown
  • Erskineville
  • Eveleigh
  • Newtown
  • Waterloo
  • Darlington
  • Forest Lodge
  • Glebe
  • Redfern
  • Ultimo
  • Annandale
  • Barangaroo
  • Sydney CBD
  • Zetland
  • Beaconsfield
  • Rosebery

Western Sydney

The NDIS became available in the Western Sydney district from July 2016.

The Western Sydney district covers the local government areas of

  • Auburn
  • Blacktown
  • Holroyd
  • Parramatta
  • The Hills Shire

Roll out of the NDIS in regional NSW – interactive map

Please use the following map to find out more about when the NDIS is arriving in your area. Click on your district for more information.

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New South Wales regional districts

Central Coast

The NDIS will become available in the Central Coast district from July 2016.

The Central Coast district covers the local government areas of

  • Gosford
  • Wyong

Far West

The NDIS will become available in the Far West district from July 2017. A person may meet the access requirements to become a participant of the NDIS up to 6 months prior to this date.

The Far West district covers the local government areas of

  • Balranald
  • Broken Hill
  • Central Darling
  • Wentworth

Hunter New England

Parts of the Hunter New England district have had access to the NDIS since 2013 as the local government areas of Newcastle, Maitland and Lake Macquarie formed the NDIS trial site in NSW. The full scheme will become available in the Hunter New England district from July 2016.

The Hunter New England district covers the local government areas of

  • Armidale Dumaresq
  • Cessnock
  • Dungog
  • Glen Innes Severn
  • Gloucester
  • Great Lakes
  • Greater Taree
  • Gunnedah
  • Guyra
  • Gwydir
  • Inverell
  • Lake Macquarie
  • Liverpool Plains
  • Maitland
  • Moree Plains
  • Muswellbrook
  • Narrabri
  • Newcastle
  • Port Stephens
  • Singleton
  • Tamworth Regional
  • Tenterfield
  • Upper Hunter Shire
  • Uralla
  • Walcha

Illawarra Shoalhaven

The NDIS will become available in the Illawarra Shoalhaven district from July 2017. A person may meet the access requirements to become a participant of the NDIS up to 6 months prior to this date.

The Illawarra Shoalhaven district covers the local government areas of

  • Kiama
  • Shellharbour
  • Shoalhaven
  • Wollongong

Mid North Coast

The NDIS will become available in the Mid North Coast district from July 2017. A person may meet the access requirements to become a participant of the NDIS up to 6 months prior to this date.

The Mid North Coast district covers the local government areas of

  • Bellingen
  • Coffs Harbour
  • Kempsey
  • Nambucca
  • Port Macquarie-Hastings

Murrumbidgee

The NDIS will become available in the Murrumbidgee district from 1 July 2017. A person may meet the access requirements to become a participant of the NDIS up to 6 months prior to this date.

The Murrumbidgee district covers the local government areas of

  • Albury
  • Berrigan
  • Bland
  • Boorowa
  • Carrathool
  • Conargo
  • Coolamon
  • Cootamundra
  • Corowa Shire
  • Deniliquin
  • Greater Hume Shire
  • Griffith
  • Gundagai
  • Harden
  • Hay
  • Jerilderie
  • Junee
  • Leeton
  • Lockhart
  • Murray
  • Murrumbidgee
  • Narrandera
  • Temora
  • Tumbarumba
  • Tumut Shire
  • Urana
  • Wagga Wagga
  • Wakool
  • Young

Nepean Blue Mountains

The NDIS commenced in the Nepean Blue Mountains area from 1 July 2015 for children and young people under 18 years of age. From September, up to 2000 children and young people under 18 years of age on 1 July 2015 will gradually phase into the Scheme, receiving individualised plans.

For everyone else in the district, the scheme will be available from July 2016.

The Nepean Blue Mountains district covers the local government areas of

  • Blue Mountains
  • Hawkesbury
  • Lithgow
  • Penrith

Northern NSW

The NDIS will become available in the Northern NSW district from July 2017. A person may meet the access requirements to become a participant of the NDIS up to 6 months prior to this date.

The Northern NSW district covers the local government areas of

  • Ballina
  • Byron
  • Clarence Valley
  • Kyogle
  • Lismore
  • Richmond Valley
  • Tweed

Southern NSW

The NDIS will become available in the Southern NSW district from July 2016.

The Southern NSW district covers the local government areas of

  • Bega Valley
  • Bombala
  • Cooma Monaro
  • Eurobodalla
  • Goulburn Mulwaree
  • Palerang
  • Queanbeyan
  • Snowy River
  • Upper Lachlan Shire
  • Yass Valley

Western NSW

The NDIS will become available in the Western NSW district from July 2017. A person may meet the access requirements to become a participant of the NDIS up to 6 months prior to this date.

The Western NSW district covers the local government areas of

  • Bathurst Regional
  • Blayney
  • Bogan
  • Bourke
  • Brewarrina
  • Cabonne
  • Cobar
  • Coonamble
  • Cowra
  • Dubbo
  • Forbes
  • Gilgandra
  • Lachlan
  • Mid Western Regional
  • Narromine
  • Oberon
  • Orange
  • Parkes
  • Walgett
  • Warren
  • Warrumbungle Shire
  • Weddin
  • Wellington

Where can I find more information?

Information packs on the NSW roll out have been developed as a resource for providers and future participants. These resources include a range of factsheets and a frequently asked questions document on the NDIS and the NSW roll out.

Easy English materials about the NSW roll out have also been developed.

The NDIA hosted a webinar on the NDIS roll out in NSW. The panel discussed their experiences of the NDIS trial site to date and what you can expect as the Scheme is delivered in NSW. For more information and to watch the webinar go to the Webinars page.

Transitional Arrangements

A bilateral agreement was signed by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and New South Wales (NSW) Premier Mike Baird on 16 September 2015 for the roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in New South Wales. You can read the agreement on the COAG website.

An Operational Plan (the Plan) is an agreement between the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), Commonwealth and NSW governments. The Plan outlines how the three parties will work together to implement the NDIS in NSW.

The Plan is made up of 20 different sections in two parts:

  • Part one is about the bilateral and national policy.
  • Part two is about administration and service delivery.

You can download the operation plan below:

Early Childhood Early Intervention approach

Early in 2016 the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) announced that it would move to implement a nationally consistent approach to supporting children with disability under the NDIS: the NDIS Early Childhood Early Intervention approach. This approach has been developed based on the evidence of the success of early childhood intervention in NSW and Victoria and in close consultation with early childhood practitioners and researchers. In NSW this approach will be implemented from July 2018 when the NSW NDIS transition is complete.

This arrangement has been piloted in the Nepean Blue Mountains area of NSW as part of the early rollout of the NDIS, which commenced 1 July 2015.

For families that reside in the local government areas of Penrith, Lithgow, Hawksbury or Blue Mountains, please read these FAQs.

Transition to ECEI in NSW

The NDIA has worked collaboratively with the NSW Government and Early Childhood Intervention Australia NSW/ACT, to determine a transitional approach. This transitional approach means that until June 2018, current NSW Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) providers who provide supports consistent with elements of the NDIA's ECEI approach will be contracted by the NSW Government. These providers will continue to deliver early childhood intervention, referral and information support to families.  They will also develop plans and recommend reasonable and necessary supports to be funded under the NDIS.

Please also see https://www.ndis.gov.au/ecei/eceinsw.html

This arrangement has been piloted in the Nepean Blue Mountains area of NSW as part of the early rollout of the NDIS, which commenced 1 July 2015.

This transitional approach will ensure that:

  • established referral pathways for children and their families are retained throughout the NSW transition
  • the capacity of providers to provide information and short term support to children and families is maintained until the national model is in place
  • there is minimal disruption for families currently being supported in the NSW system at the same as ensuring that new children have clear established pathways for their referral for support in their local communities
  • the sector has clarity on the changes required to engage with the NDIS at full scheme.

This transitional model will soon commence for year one areas. Arrangements for year two areas will be confirmed in early 2017. Direct services to children and young people will be funded through individual plans and are not included in the ECEI approach.

This transitional model will soon commence for year one areas. Arrangements for year two areas will be confirmed in early 2017.

Please also see https://www.ndis.gov.au/ecei/eceinsw.html

Transitional Providers

There are a number of providers across NSW who currently deliver early childhood supports to children, young people and their families. Those providers are well placed to continue to provide these services and supports to children throughout transition. All funding for direct services for children and their families will progressively transition from NSW to the NDIS as children and their families begin participating in the NDIS. All providers who meet NDIA registration requirements will be able to continue to provide early intervention supports to children through NDIS plans.

The NSW ECEI transition providers sorted by NSW local government areas can be found here.

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 the above list, please make contact with one of the Transition Providers within your geographical area.

Until an area transitions, there are no changes for families who can continue to receive supports from their existing providers.

Nepean Blue Mountains: for families that reside in the local government areas of Penrith, Lithgow, Hawksbury or Blue Mountains, please refer to this document (PDF).

Local Area Coordination

The NDIA has now completed its commissioning within Commonwealth Grant Guidelines three well known community based organisation to be Partners in the Community to deliver NSW Local Area Coordination (LAC) transition services for Participants aged 7 years and over until 30 June 2018, Uniting, St Vincent de Paul Society NSW and Social Futures.  

The NSW Service Areas / Districts these Partners will be located in are:
Uniting – in the service area / districts of Nepean Blue Mountains, Northern Sydney, Western Sydney and Southern NSW and from 2017, the Illawarra Shoalhaven service area/district.

St Vincent de Paul Society NSW in the service area / districts of South Western Sydney, Central Coast and Hunter New England and from 2017, the Sydney and South Eastern Sydney  service areas / districts.

And from 2017, Social Futures in the service areas / districts of Far West, Murrumbidgee, Mid North Coast, Northern NSW, and Western NSW

VISITING OUR PARTNERS - For Partners in the Community office locations please see the NDIS Agency and Partners in the Community Locations Page https://www.ndis.gov.au/about-us/locations.html

If you are interested in working as an NDIS Local Area Coordinator (LAC) in NSW you can find details about available positions by visiting our Partners website recruitment pages:
Uniting Vacancies, St Vincent de Paul Society NSW join our staff / Social Futures Employment

Ability Links NSW

Ability Links NSW (ALNSW) 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

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Information about roll out in NSW

For detailed information about the roll out in NSW, download the following information packs:

Participant information pack (PDF 3MB)

Provider information pack (PDF 2MB)