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Carers NSW NDIS Update, July 2016                                                           View this email in your browser

Carers NSW NDIS Update
July 2016

Welcome to the Carers NSW NDIS Update, one of several resources developed by Carers NSW to help carers understand and engage with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

It takes time and effort to understand the NDIS. Many family members and friends (carers) of people with disability in NSW are finding it hard to keep up. The Carers NSW NDIS Update aims to make it easier for carers to stay up to date with NDIS news, resources and events.

Carers NSW resources
NDIS news
Have your say

Featured resources
Upcoming events
Further information

Carers NSW Resources


Tell us your experiences of the NDIS!
Carers in the Hunter region are invited to attend one of two focus groups being held by Carers NSW in Hamilton on Monday 8 August 2016. Click here for more information or contact 02 9289 4280 or katherineh@carersnsw.org.au.

Want to learn more about the NDIS?
Carers NSW has a webpage dedicated to NDIS resources for carers. Visit www.carersnsw.org.au/ndis to access a series of fact sheets, links and other information about the NDIS, especially designed for carers.

Workshops for carers on the NDIS
Carers NSW has developed a half-day workshop for carers called Carers and the NDIS. The workshop aims to provide carers with a general introduction to the NDIS, help carers support the person they care for to access the NDIS, and prepare carers to communicate their own needs in relation to the NDIS. No workshops are currently scheduled but you can express your interest in future workshops by emailing education@carersnsw.org.au.

NDIS News

 The NDIS full rollout begins!
On 1 July 2016 the full NDIS rollout started in NSW. For details about how and when the NDIS will roll out in your area, visit http://ndis.nsw.gov.au.

Good news stories
 As the full rollout commences, a number of positive stories have been reported:
  • Click here to read an opinion piece by former Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Graeme Innis, about how the NDIS is already changing lives
  • Click here to read about funding grants given to over 100 regional and remote disability service providers to help them get ready for the NDIS
  • Click here to read about a National Disability Services report that shows the benefits of the NDIS for the Australian economy
Concerns about the NDIS
A number of news article have expressed concerns about gaps in the NDIS:
  • Click here to read an SBS article about gaps in the NDIS for people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • Click here to read an article from The Conversation about eligible people with disability who may miss out on the NDIS
  • Click here to read an article from The Conversation about how parents of newly diagnosed children may be disadvantaged in the NDIS rollout
  • Click here to read an ABC News article about a breakdown in the NDIS payment system that left providers and participants unpaid for a period of three weeks earlier this month
  • Click here to read an article about potential risks to child safety under the NDIS
  • Click here to read an article from The Conversation about the limitations of the NDIS for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians
Carers in the media
  • 'Good news for Azalyiah Sole as National Disability Insurance Scheme rolls out in NSW' (Sydney Morning Herald) - available here
  • 'My fiancé not my carer: NDIS recipient' (News.com.au) - available here
What's happening to the Companion Card?
Just as not everyone who has a disability is eligible for the NDIS, not everyone with NDIS funding can get a Companion Card. Click here for more information.
NDIS: The big picture
A number of media outlets have published overviews of the NDIS and its history to celebrate the start of the full rollout.
  • Click here to view the video Why the NDIS is a big deal by Fairfax Media on the history and purpose of the NDIS.
  • Click here to read an article from The Age encouraging readers to get behind the NDIS as it rolls out across the country.
  • Click here to read the article 'How Australia moved on from charity for the 'deserving poor' to the NDIS' from The Mandarin.
Media on navigating the NDIS
Information about accessing the NDIS has been made available more widely since the full rollout launched on 1 July. See below for some examples:
  • Click here to read an article from The Conversation about eligibility and what is working and not working in the NDIS.
  • Click here to listen to an ABC pod cast on navigating the NDIS.
Official NDIS e-newsletter 
You can find the latest official e-newsletter for the NDIS here or sign up for their regular updates here.

Have Your Say

Tell us about your experiences of the NDIS
If you care for a person who has an NDIS plan, we want to hear from you about your experiences as a carer. How did you find the process? How has NDIS support affected your caring role? There are a number of ways you can share with us: Do you know someone aged 16-25 caring for a family member with a severe injury?
Carers NSW wants to talk to them about what types of support might make a meaningful difference for them and other young people in similar situations. This study will give young people caring for a family member a rare opportunity to express their ideas and concerns. Participants will be given a gift voucher as a thank-you for participating. Click here for more information, or email majam@carersnsw.org.au.

Featured Resources

New diagram that simply explains the NDIS process
The NSW Government has published a diagram to simply explain how people who currently receive disability supports from the NSW Government will access the NDIS. Click here to view the diagram.
New official NDIS videos
The NDIA has published a number of videos to help people with disability, their families and carers to understand the NDIS, including new information on the First Plan:
  • About the NDIS - available here
  • Getting ready for the NDIS - available here
  • My NDIS Pathway - available here
  • NDIS Ready: Kathryn & Jaime - available here
  • Ordinary Life Profile: The Deane Family - available here
  • Working with the NDIS - available here
Understanding the language of the NDIS
The NSW Government has published a glossary of common NDIS terms. Click here to view the glossary.

The NDIS and transport in NSW
The NSW Council of Social Service (NCOSS) has published a fact sheet to help people understand how the NDIS will impact other transport services and programs in NSW. Click here to read the fact sheet.

10 top tips on preparing for the NDIS
Every Australian Counts has published ten tips to help people with disability, their families and carers prepare for the NDIS. Click here to read the article.

Forum to ask NDIS questions online
The NSW Council for Intellectual Disability has an online forum where people with intellectual disability and their families and carers can discuss NDIS questions online. Click here to access CID Connect.

Transition from HCWA to NDIS
Autism Spectrum Australia has published a fact sheet about how the Helping Children With Autism (HCWA) program is transitioning to the NDIS in different areas across NSW. Click here to read the fact sheet.
Learn about the NDIS from someone like you
Carers Australia's Peer Conversation Partners Project puts carers of people applying for the NDIS in touch with carers whose loved one is already accessing the NDIS. These trained carers are available to share their experiences and tips in approaching the NDIS planning process. Click here for more information or contact (02) 6122 9900 or carers.ndis@carersaustralia.com.au.

Upcoming Events

Click on a link for more events by area:
SYDNEY AREA
  • Official NDIS information sessions and workshops run by the NDIA. Various dates and locations 2016. Click here for more information or call (02) 4942 9200.
  • Get More Skills workshops run by My Choice Matters, various dates and locations 2016. Click here for more information or call 1800 144 653.
  • Getting prepared for the NDIS workshops for people with disability from culturally and linguistically diverse communities (Arabic) run by Ethnic Community Services Co-operative. 12 August 2016, Rockdale. Click here for more information or contact capacitybuilding@ecsc.org.au or 02 9569 1288.
NORTHERN NSW
  • Official NDIS information sessions and workshops run by the NDIA. Various dates and locations 2016. Click here for more information or call (02) 4942 9200.
  • Get More Skills workshops run by My Choice Matters, various dates and locations 2016. Click here for more information or call 1800 144 653.
  • Share your NDIS experiences run by Carers NSW. 8 Aug 2016, Hamilton. Click here for more information or contact (02) 9289 4280 or katherineh@carersnsw.org.au.
WESTERN NSW
  • Official NDIS information sessions and workshops run by the NDIA. Various dates and locations 2016. Click here for more information or call (02) 4942 9200.
  • Get More Skills workshops run by My Choice Matters, various dates and locations 2016. Click here for more information or call 1800 144 653.
SOUTHERN NSW
  • Official NDIS information sessions and workshops run by the NDIA. Various dates and locations 2016. Click here for more information or call (02) 4942 9200.
  • Get More Skills workshops run by My Choice Matters, various dates and locations 2016. Click here for more information or call 1800 144 653.
Some of the events promoted in these updates are run by organisations that are registered providers for the NDIS. Attending their event does not mean you have to choose them as your NDIS provider. Participants and their families can choose the providers they want.

Further Information


For more information and resources about the NDIS: This update is not endorsed by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). It has been developed by Carers NSW based on publicly available information. Every effort has been made to ensure that all information is correct and up to date. However, it should be used as a guide only. All information should be verified with the NDIA.
Copyright © 2016 Carers NSW, All rights reserved.


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