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MARCH 2017

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. Click here to read this in your web browser.

Carers NSW Resources
NDIS News
Have Your Say

Featured Resources
Upcoming Events
Further information

Carers NSW Resources

 

New NDIS resources for carers!

Carers NSW recently updated our NDIS web pages to ensure that carers in NSW have access to the most current and accessible information on the NDIS.

Visit www.carersnsw.org.au/NDIS to find out more about how the NDIS works and how it will impact you and the person you care for. You will also find:
  • Information about how the NDIS works for young children and for people living with a mental illness
  • Information about what to do if you have a challenging experience with the NDIS
  • Personal stories about carers' experiences of the NDIS
  • Links to NDIS resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Carers
  • Links to information about the NDIS translated into languages other than English.
  • Revised fact sheets for carers in NSW and dates for upcoming NDIS workshops in 2017 will be added to these pages soon.
Comments and suggestions on our NDIS resources are welcome. Please contact our Policy Team at policy@carersnsw.org.au or phone 1800 242 636. 
 

Join one of our NDIS workshops

Carers and the NDIS is a free workshop designed to help carers get the best outcome from the NDIS for the person they care for and for themselves.

This workshop is delivered in two three-hour parts and focuses on building knowledge and skills to make informed choices when accessing the NDIS for both the participant and the carer. Attendance at both days is required.

Upcoming workshops are planned for the following areas between May and August 2017: Marrickville, Shellharbour, Waverly, Ashfield, Strathfield, Nowra, Ulladulla, Sutherland, Ryde, Botany, La Perouse, Port Macquarie.

For more information, contact our Education and Training Team on (02) 9280 4744 or email education@carersnsw.org.au

NDIS News

Response to review of the NDIS Act

Ernst & Young completed an independent review of the NDIS Act in late 2015. The Council of Australian Government's (COAG) response has recently been made public. COAG, which oversees the national Disability Reform Council, agreed with the three recommendations about increasing the recognition and inclusion of carers in the Act. We are glad to see increasing recognition of carers in the NDIS. Click here to read more.
 

Fears mental health support will disappear with NDIS rollout

An ABC News article has reported that people living with a mental illness may lose critical supports as services transition to the NDIS. Click here to read the article
 

Rollout problems revealed

An ABC News article has reported that information from a Freedom of Information (FOI) request showed considerable issues with the NDIS rollout. Click here to read the article.
 

New strategies for working in rural areas and Aboriginal communities 

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has released two new strategies to ensure the NDIS is delivered successfully for all Australians. One is to guide their engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the other outlines their approach in rural and remote areas. Click here for more information.
 

Neurological Alliance calls for better NDIS rollout

The Neurological Alliance Australia has called on the NDIA to provide better support for people with conditions like MS, Parkinsons and other progressive neurological diseases. Click here for more information.

Carer stories

  • Click here to read about a family's fight for NDIS eligibility for their daughter.
  • Click here to read about a mother and son's experience of the NDIS in rural NSW.
  • Click here to read about a father's frustrating engagement with the NDIS on behalf of his young son.
  • Click here to read about families receiving Helping Children With Autism (HCWA) funding and their concerns about NDIS transition.

NDIS and housing

  • Government operated group homes are currently in the process of transferring to non-government providers. Residents and their families can raise questions and concerns about how this transfer may affect them by contacting Transfer Connect, a new service operated by Mission Australia. Click here for more information.
  • An article in The Conversation has detailed how the NDIS's approach to supported accommodation could be life changing for many people with disability. Click here to read the article.

NDIS and transport

  • The Federal Court has upheld an appeal against the funding arrangements for transport under the NDIS. Click here for more information.
  • National and state disability groups have come together to campaign against proposed cuts to the Mobility Allowance for people with disability. Click here for more information.

Concerns about the privatisation of disability services

The Chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has expressed concerns that privatising NDIS services could be a repeat of the VET fee debacle. Click here to read the article.
 

An uncertain future for disability advocacy

A ProBono News article has reported that the future of many disability advocacy organisations is under threat with the expected loss of NSW government funding from July 2018 as the NDIS continues to roll out nationally. Click here to read the article.
 

Official NDIS e-newsletter

You can sign up for regular updates from the NDIA here.
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Have Your Say

Not happy with your NDIS experience?

You can make a complaint at a local NDIS office or fill in an online complaint form.

If you think a decision made by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is wrong, you can apply for internal review of a decision.

If you are dissatisfied with the decision of an internal review, you can apply to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

At any time, you can also contact the following complaints agencies about problems with the NDIS: All of the above organisations have a 'no wrong door' policy, which means they will put you in touch with the right agency if that's not them.

Help us help other carers in NSW

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:

Views and experiences of families of children with disability

Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA) is currently preparing a submission for the inquiry into NDIS costs. They are seeking feedback from carers via an online survey. Click here for more information.

Have your say on NDIS pricing

The NDIA has released a consultation paper on prices for 2017-18 in response to concerns about pricing expressed by service providers. responses are due on 13 April. Click here to provide feedback.
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Featured Resources

What is the difference between the NDIS and the NDIA?

This is a commonly asked question. An article in the Coffs Coast Advocate recently provided a clear and simple answer. Click here to read the article.
 

How to have your NDIS plan reviewed by the NDIA

Cerebral Palsy Alliance has published a blog article explaining the steps involved in getting an NDIS plan reviewed. Click here to read the article.
 

The NDIS: A quick guide 

The Australian Parliamentary Library has recently updated its research paper, The National Disability Insurance Scheme: a quick guide, which provides an overview of how the NDIS works and also lists key challenges and questions that have emerged during its rollout. Click here to read the document.
 

Tips to prepare for the NDIS

The Chronicle newspaper has published an article listing five tips for preparing well for the NDIS. Click here to read the article.
 

NDIS Q&A

The NDIS website is now publishing weekly Q&A on different aspects of the NDIS. Click here to read the latest Q&A, which includes questions relating to carers.
 

New NDIS Glossary

The NDIS website now contains a Glossary document explaining all the key terms used in documents published by the NDIA. Click here to read the fact sheet.
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Upcoming Events

Click on the links for events in your area

Sydney region (including Nepean Blue Mountains)
Northern NSW (including Central Coast)
Western NSW (including Far West)
Southern NSW (including Illawarra)
 

Sydney region

  • Official NDIS information sessions and workshops run by the NDIA. Various dates and locations 2017. Click here for more information or call (02) 4942 9200.
  • Get More Skills workshops run by My Choice Matters, various dates and locations 2017. Click here for more information or call 1800 144 653.
  • Adult sibling peer support group 'meet and greet'. 1 April 2017, Marrickville. Click here for more information or call 0408 720 558.

Northern NSW

  • Official NDIS information sessions and workshops run by the NDIA. Various dates and locations 2017. Click here for more information or call (02) 4942 9200.
  • Get More Skills workshops run by My Choice Matters, various dates and locations 2017. 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 2017. Click here for more information or call (02) 4942 9200.
  • Get More Skills workshops run by My Choice Matters, various dates and locations 2017. Click here for more information or call 1800 144 653.
  • NDIS Information Forums run by Every Australian Counts. 5 April 2017, Orange; 6 April 2017, Dubbo; 16 May 2017, Broken Hill. Click here for more information.

Southern NSW

  • Official NDIS information sessions and workshops run by the NDIA. Various dates and locations 2017. Click here for more information or call (02) 4942 9200.
  • Get More Skills workshops run by My Choice Matters, various dates and locations 2017. Click here for more information or call 1800 144 653.
  • PossABLE Expo run by IDEAS. 12-13 May, Albury. Click here for more information.
  • NDIS Information Forums run by Every Australian Counts. 2 May 2017, Nowra; 3 May 2017, Wollongong; 9 May 2017, Albury. Click here for more information.
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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.
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Further Information

 

For more information and resources about the NDIS:

  • Visit the Carers NSW NDIS web page: www.carersnsw.org.au/NDIS.
  • Visit the NDIS website www.ndis.gov.au or contact the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) on 1800 800 110 or at engagement@ndis.gov.au.

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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