Annoucement of the Rollout of the NDIS in NSW

On 16 September 2015 Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and NSW Premier Mike Baird signed the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Bilateral Agreement. The agreement outlines how and when the NDIS will roll out across NSW.

The NDIS will be rolled out across NSW between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2018.

From 1 July 2016, people living in Hunter New England, Southern NSW, Central Coast, Northern Sydney, South Western Sydney, Western Sydney and Nepean Blue Mountains will be able to access the NDIS.

From 1 July 2017, the NDIS will be in place across the rest of NSW, and people living in Northern NSW, Mid North Coast, Sydney, South Eastern Sydney, Illawarra Shoalhaven, Murrumbidgee, Western NSW and Far West NSW will be able to access the NDIS.

These locations reflect the current NSW disability and Health service districts.

With so many people coming into the scheme in such a short time it is important that there is a planned approach to how they access the NDIS.

People currently receiving specialist disability supports

Includes people living in supported accommodation, accessing a community access service such as a day program, or case management service.

The majority will be able to access the NDIS in the first six months of each of the two year rollout periods. They will not need to apply for access to the NDIS, but will go through a simplified access process.

People who access specialist disability supports from time-to-time, or for a short amount of time each week

Includes people who access respite or a community care program.

Will be able to access the NDIS throughout each of the two year rollout periods.People receiving respite services will go through a simplified access process. People receiving community care services will be supported to apply for access to the NDIS.

New participants

People who do not currently receive specialist disability supports from the NSW Government.

Will have the opportunity to access the scheme when it starts in their local area, if they are in immediate need of assistance, and do not currently have support


NSW launches NDIS website

A NSW NDIS website has been launched to provide people with information about the roll out of the NDIS in NSW. The website has been built to the highest accessibility standards and can be accessed at

If you have any questions you can email them to Aboriginal staff can also email


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