National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is an Australia-wide scheme to support people with disability and will replace the current NSW disability support system. NSW Government departments and agencies will continue to make their services accessible and inclusive of people with disability.

National Disability Insurance Agency

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is the independent agency that delivers the NDIS. The NDIA is responsible for assessing the eligibility of participants and working with them to develop support plans that meet their needs. The NDIA will also support the delivery of broader disability supports in the community.

Transitioning to NDIS

The NDIS will roll out across NSW between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2018. A trial of the NDIS commenced in the Hunter region in July 2013. An accelerated transition commenced in the Nepean-Blue Mountains region on 1 July 2015 for children and young people aged between 0 and 17.

Details about the roll out, including a postcode checker, can be found on the NSW Government NDIS website.

Meeting the educational needs of students with disability

NSW Public Schools will continue to meet the personalised learning and support needs of students with disability under the Disability Standards for Education 2005.

Under the Standards, schools make reasonable adjustments for students with disability to access education on the same basis as other students. Schools work closely with parents and carers in providing adjustments and supporting students with disability.

How schools can support families transitioning to the NDIS

As the NDIS continues to roll out across NSW, students in NSW public schools and their families will increasingly come into contact with the Scheme. Some may need help to access and understand the NDIS and may approach schools for information and support.

The fact sheets below outline how schools can support students and their families at key stages of the NDIS pathway:

  1. Supporting families to understand and access the NDIS
  2. Supporting families during the NDIS planning process
  3. Supporting families as they implement their child’s NDIS plan

More fact sheets on the NDIS are available below.

NDIS fact sheets

1. NDIS Information for schools

2. Information about the NDIS transition in NSW

3. Frequently Asked Questions about the NDIS

4. Assistive Technology and the NDIS

5. Early Childhood Early Intervention - Information for schools

6. Presentation - Introduction to the National Disability Insurance Scheme and its interface with school education

NDIS Coordinators

Wagga Wagga  (Dubbo)Wendy English(02) 6883 6314
Wagga Wagga (Warilla)Galiema Gool(02) 4267 6165
UltimoLinda Cormack(02) 9561 8000
Macquarie ParkFran Tinley(02) 9208 7680
TamworthTracey Winfer (02) 6656 6623
State Office Graham Finch(02) 9266 8201
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