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

Carers NSW NDIS Update
February 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

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.

"I've been to five of these workshops and this was easily the most informative." - Workshop participant

We are currently taking registrations for the following workshops:
  • Kariong, 16 March 2016
  • Bankstown, 23 March 2016
  • Wyong 7 April
Click here for more information. To register, contact our Education and Training team at or 02 9280 4755.

Want to learn more about the NDIS?
As the peak organisation for carers in NSW, we want to help carers get the best outcomes from the NDIS for themselves and the people they care for. Click here to see our fact sheets and checklist for carers on the NDIS.

Are our resources useful?
Please take a couple of minutes to answer five quick questions about this newsletter and our other NDIS resources. We want to know if they are useful for carers. Click here for our short survey.


What will the NDIS mean for carers who want to work?
National Disability Services and Every Australian Counts have released a report that predicts over 10,000 carers in NSW will be able to get paid work as a result of the NDIS. Carers NSW CEO, Elena Katrakis, was quoted in a Sydney Morning Herald article on the report, where she highlighted the importance of employment support and flexible jobs. Click here to read the news article and here to read the full report.

How does the NDIS fit with other service systems?
The Council of Australian governments has agreed on six principles that they will use to work out what the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is responsible for and what other service systems are responsible for. Click here for more information.

Children of New Zealand born parents may miss out
An ABC News article has reported that children born in Australia to New Zealand parents may not be able to access the NDIS, as they cannot become citizens until they turn 10. Click here to read the article.

Government considered private investment in NDIS
An ABC News article has reported that the Australian Government looked at shifting some of the costs of the NDIS to the private sector. However, Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter, has said this is not currently being considered, and that even though there will be a $5.2 billion funding gap in 2019-2020, the Government is committed to securing ongoing funding to cover the complete NDIS. Click here for more information.

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

Carers NSW 2016 Carer Survey now live!
Every two years Carers NSW surveys carers across the state about a range of issues to help us identify and advocate for what carers want and need. We want to hear from as many carers as possible, especially carers of NDIS participants - so get involved and spread the word! Click here to complete the survey. For more information or to order a paper copy of the survey contact our Research Team on (02) 9280 4744 or at

Share your thoughts and ideas
Carers are invited to provide feedback on:
  • Information, linkages and capacity building: Click here for information on making a written submission on the Draft Commissioning Framework. Dates for face-to-face consultations in Sydney and Dubbo are available here.
  • Supported accommodation: See the Events section on the NDIS website for more information.
  • Accommodation for people with disability: The Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS wants to hear ideas and solutions on good housing models for people with disability. Click here for more information or to make a submission.
  • Reforming the NDIS: Civil Society Australia is inviting comment on their twelve proposals for reforming the NDIS. Click here for more information.

Featured Resources

New video on the NDIS
The NSW Government has made a five minute video that simply explains the NDIS using words and pictures. You can find the video on the NSW NDIS website:

Video on the NDIS and mental illness
The NSW Mental Health Commission has made a five minute video featuring the stories of Debbie and Daniel, two NDIS participants in the Hunter region with psychosocial disability and Daniel's mother and carer Cathy. Click here to view the video.

Who's who in the NDIS
The Growing Space blog has published an article that explains the difference between a planner, a plan manager, a lead provider/key worker and case co-ordination. Click here to read the article.

What is a plan management provider?
A plan management provider is a person or organisation that manages the funding in a person's NDIS plan. Click here for more information on plan management from the Community Disability Alliance Hunter.

How much early intervention funding will my child get?
The NDIS Price Guide 2015 mentions three categories of early intervention support based on a child's needs.

  • Low needs - up to $6,000 - $8,397 per annum
  • Medium needs - up to $8,398 - $12,595 per annum
  • High needs - up to $12,596 - $16,794 per annum
Click here for more information.

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

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:


  • 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.
  • NDIS Planning Cafes and Peer2Peer meetings run by Community Disability Alliance Hunter (CDAH). Various dates 2016, Charlestown, Maitland, East Maitland, Wallsend. Click here for more information or call 0490 053 454 or


  • 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.
  • General information sessions and 'plan ready' workshops run by Community Connectors from UnitingCare Disability (RSVP only). Various dates and locations. Call 1300 883 430 for more information.


  • Get More Skills workshops run by My Choice Matters, various dates and locations 2016. Click here for more information or call 1800 144 653.
  • Harness the possibilities: Enriching lives in changing times run by Resourcing Families. Various dates 2016, Coffs Harbour, Wagga Wagga and Dubbo. Click here for more information or call 1800 620 588.
  • NDIS information forums run by Every Australian Counts. Various dates 2016, various locations. Click here for more information or contact (02) 9256 3182 or
  • Getting ready for the NDIS: A workshop for carers run by Carers NSW. Various dates and locations 2016. Click here or contact 02 9280 4744 or for more information.
  • Information, linkages and capacity building (ILC) consultation sessions run by the NDIA. 6 and 7 April, 2016, Sydney and 8 April 2016, Dubbo. Click here 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
  • NDIS info session for Korean speaking community run by Ethnic Community Services Cooperative. 17 March 2016, Burwood. Click here for English flyer, here for Korean flyer, or contact (02) 9569 1288 or for more information.
  • Make the most of your NDIS funding run by Bradfield Park Carers Program. 10 March 2016, Kirribilli and 14 March 2016, Milsons Point. Click here for more information or contact (02) 8920 0675 or
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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