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.
What is the 2017 Post School Supports Assessment?
The Post School Supports Assessment is an assessment used by FACS to determine whether a person is eligible for post school supports under the NDIS. FACS uses this assessment to support school leavers with disability who live in areas that have NOT transitioned to the NDIS to obtain supports under the NDIS (where eligible).
Eligibility to participate in the Post School Supports Assessment
To be eligible to participate in a Post School Supports Assessment the school leaver must:
• have a disability defined under the Disability Inclusion Act 2014,
• be leaving school and a minimum of 17 years of age by 31 December 2017,
• not be undertaking full time paid employment, full time vocational education or full time higher education (part time employment and education is encouraged) and
• be a resident of NSW.
Assessments are conducted in schools by Support Teachers Transition (STTs), consultants and school based assessors who have been trained by FACS and the Australian Health Services Research Institute (AHSRI) in the University of Wollongong. In 2017, assessments will be conducted between 26 April and 30 June 2017.
Eligibility to participate in the School Leaver Employment Support (SLES)
School leavers who live in areas of NSW that have begun transitioning or have transitioned to the NDIS are not eligible to be assessed using the FACS Post School Supports Assessment. School leavers who live in these areas can choose to participate in the NDIS School Leaver Employment Support (SLES) Functional Assessment for 2017 School Leavers.
SLES, is one example of a reasonable and necessary support for Year 12 school leavers. It is available for individuals who are eligible for NDIS and identified as suitable for SLES through a functional work assessment administered in Year 12 at school.
For more information go to: https://www.ndis.gov.au/medias/documents/h23/h42/8800938655774/SLES-information-booklet-Updated-April-2017.pdf