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The NSW Government has committed to an early transition of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in the Penrith and Blue Mountains area for up to 2,000 children and young people aged 0-17 years.

This transition will be different to the Hunter trial site as the Scheme will roll out across the whole of the Nepean Blue Mountains District rather than by Local Government Area and it targets a specific part of the population.

From 1 July 2015 there will be support services in place across the District to help children and young people and their families and carers to get ready for participation in the NDIS. Children and young people aged 0 –17 years will begin accessing support from the NDIS from 1 September 2015.

FACS will continue to provide disability supports to clients in the Nepean Blue Mountains and all other Districts until the NDIS is fully rolled out across NSW.

A project team has been established that is working alongside District management and the NDIA, as well as NSW Government and non-government colleagues, to co-ordinate the transition planning and implementation. The NDIA will have an office in Penrith from 1 July 2015.

FACS will ensure current providers of supports for children and young people in the District are able to pass on accurate and clear information to their clients about what to expect.

You may be contacted by people with disability and their families who want to know more about what this means for them. A Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) document has been prepared to assist you to respond to questions from people with disability and their families.

If you have any questions, please speak to your manager or email Working Together workingtogether@facs.nsw.gov.au. Aboriginal staff can also email AboriginalWT@facs.nsw.gov.au.

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