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

Carers NSW NDIS Update
June 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


Grants for activities during National Carers Week
The NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) funds Carers NSW to provide grants of $250 to carer support groups and organisations to plan events and activities for carers during National Carers Week, which this year will run from Sunday 16 to Saturday 22 October 2016. Grant applications can be made online here or via a printed form requested from commsteam@carersnsw.org.au. Click here for more information.

Want to learn more about the NDIS?
Carers NSW has a webpage dedicated to resources for carers on the NDIS. Visit www.carersnsw.org.au 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 upcoming dates will be published in the July edition of the Carers NSW NDIS Update.

NDIS News

 Full rollout starts in NSW
From 1 July 2016 the full rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will start in the following districts of New South Wales (NSW) (click on the areas for more information): Not everyone will be able to access the NDIS straight away. People who are currently receiving NSW Government disability services will transition first. You can read more about the stages here.

People with disability who are already receiving NSW Government supports will be contacted by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) before they transition to discuss their next steps. Those who are not receiving NSW Government supports can call the NDIA on 1800 800 110 when it opens in their area to register their interest.

NSW Budget facilitates full NDIS rollout
The 2016-17 NSW Budget has committed $1.3 billion to roll out the NDIS across NSW. More than 40,000 people with disability will be able to access the NDIS in this financial year. Click here for more information.

Important changes to the planning process
From 1 July, thousands of people in NSW will be transitioning to the NDIS. To make sure this happens as quickly as possible, a participant's first plan will be a bit different to how this has been done so far. The first plan will focus on continuing the support that the person gets now. This will be in place for 12 months. Click here for more information.
More information released on NDIS and housing
The NDIA has released a decision paper about how specialist disability accommodation will be organised and funded under the NDIS. Click here to read a summary or to download the full paper, or here to read an ABC News article featuring some successful, innovative models of disability accommodation.

Concerns about disability the NDIS in rural NSW
An ABC News article has highlighted uncertainty in areas of remote NSW. Click here to read the article.
Pooling resources for NDIS results
A recent article by Pro Bono Australia explored how pooling resources will help families and service providers achieve better outcomes under the NDIS. Click here for more information. 

Large disability institutions to close
A Sydney Morning Herald article has reported on the experiences of former residents of institutions who are now living in the community with the help of the NDIS. Click here to read the article.

Carer stories in the media
A number of media outlets have recently published carers' experiences of the NDIS, including the following:
  • The Advocate (Perth) published a story about Jack, a child with developmental delay, and his parents Bree and David. Click here to read the article.
  • The Canberra Times published a story about Connie Vella and her four year old daughter Hannah who has bilateral hearing loss. Click here to read the article.
  • Every Australian Counts published an article about Alison Barton from the ACT and her 21 year old son James who has a severe disability. Click here to read the article.
  • The Daily Telegraph published an article about Shane, 44 with Prader-Willi syndrome, and his parents, the Micallefs. Click here to read the article.
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

Designing the new Integrated Carer Support Service
The Australian Government is designing a new national Integrated Carer Support Service to better support and sustain the work of unpaid carers. They are seeking feedback about the types of services that should be included. Written submissions to the Government's discussion paper (available online here) closed on 16 June 2016, however more consultation opportunities will follow. Carers NSW provided a submission to the discussion paper, which is available online here.

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.

Tell us about your experiences of the NDIS
Carers NSW Policy Team want to hear about carers' experiences of the NDIS. If you live in NSW and are caring for an NDIS participant, you can share your story with us in any of the following ways:

Featured Resources

New NDIS resources for parents
Raisingchildren.net.au has produced a comprehensive online guide to the NDIS in relation to children with disability. It has information, videos, a downloadable app and parent forums tailored to parents of children with early intervention needs. Click here to read the resources.
Are you #NDIS ready?
The NDIA has published several new resources to help people with disability, their families and carers to prepare for the full rollout of the NDIS. Click on the links below for more information:
  • Supporting families and carers fact sheet - available here
  • Preparing for the NDIS in NSW fact sheet - available here
  • My NDIS Pathway: Your guide to being an NDIS participant - available here
  • Getting ready for the NDIS video - available here
  • My NDIS Pathway video - available here
  • A range of other new videos - available here
Who can help me access the NDIS?
Local Area Coordinators (LACs) will be funded by the NDIA in each area of NSW rolling out from 1 Jul 2016 to support people  to access the NDIS. LACs are employed by two organisations:
  • Uniting will look after Nepean Blue Mountains, Northern Sydney, Western Sydney and Southern NSW. Call 1800 864 846 for more information.
  • St Vincent de Paul will look after South Western Sydney, Central Coast and Hunter New England. Call (02) 9568 0262 for more information.
If you need support understanding, accessing or preparing for the NDIS, you will be able to contact these organisations for support. Other opportunities will be available in future for people in areas that rollout from 1 July 2017.
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.

Peer mentors available in the Hunter trial site
The Community Disability Alliance Hunter (CDAH) Peer Mentoring program provides one-to-one peer support and guidance to people with disability and their family members who have a specific goal to get the most out of the mentoring relationship so people can grow and develop in their own lives and communities. Click here for more information.

Free support to help you plan
People with disability and their families and carers receiving funding or services from the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) / Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) may be eligible for up to 12 hours of free individual support planning to prepare for the NDIS. Click here for more information. To register your interest, contact your case worker or the ADHC intake line for your area, which you can find here.

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 run by Ethnic Community Services Co-operative. Various dates July 2016, various locations. Click here for more information or contact capacitybuilding@ecsc.org.au or 02 9569 1288.
  • Carers and the NDIS run by Carers NSW. Various dates and locations 2016. Click here or contact (02) 9280 4744 or education@carersnsw.org.au for more information.
  • Supported Decision Making workshops for young people with disability aged 14-18 years and their families and carers run by Carers NSW. Various dates and locations 2016. Click here for more information and here for a full schedule of dates, or contact (02) 9280 4744 or sdm@carersnsw.org.au.

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.

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.
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