August 4th, 2015

NDIS update for the Nepean Blue Mountains area

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) commenced in the Nepean Blue Mountains area from 1 July 2015 for children and young people aged 0-17 years.

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.

From July 2015, the NDIS will initially help children, young people, their families and carers in the NBM area to get ready for the Scheme through community engagement forums and assistance with access and planning. Community Connectors are also in place to support families with pre-planning activities.

From September 2015, 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.

The details on when people will phase into the NDIS is being negotiated between the Commonwealth and NSW governments.

FACS and the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) are working closely to ensure a smooth transition to the NDIS. Existing FACS funded or delivered disability supports will continue until eligible people start their plan with the NDIS.

FACS has made an agreement with the Commonwealth Government and the NDIA to ensure that appropriately qualified FACS disability staff will have the first offer of jobs with the local NDIA office(s) in NBM. The first round of recruitment for a number of local NDIS positions was recently undertaken. Further rounds will occur as new positions become available with the Agency. FACS staff will be notified of these processes as they arise.

For more information about the early transition and what this will mean for you, the people you support and the service providers you work with, please see the fact sheet.

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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