The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is rolling out across NSW from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2018. The NDIS is jointly funded by the state and Commonwealth governments and is replacing the existing state based system of specialist disability supports. Under the NDIS, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) will be responsible for funding post school supports in individual support packages for eligible participants.
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.
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.
A NDIS Fact Sheet for Independent Schools is available in the Resources section for AISNSW member schools.