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SEPTEMBER 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. 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

 

Want to learn more about preparing for the NDIS?

As the peak organisation for carers in NSW, we want to help carers get the best outcomes possible from the NDIS for themselves and the people they care for. The Carers NSW NDIS web page www.carersnsw.org.au/NDIS contains:
  • Fact sheets on the NDIS, how it works and how to prepare
  • And NDIS checklist for carers
  • A glossary explaining NDIS words and phrases
  • Links to important resources
  • Information about our NDIS workshops for carers

NDIS News

New NDIS guidelines more inclusive of carers

On 14 September 2016 the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) published its updated Operational Guidelines. The new guidelines are much easier to read and navigate. They are also much more inclusive of carers overall and refer to the importance of valuing and supporting carers. This is great news and the result of ongoing advocacy by the National Network of Carers Associations and other carer groups. Click here to view the guidelines.
 

NDIS trial complete

The report on the now completed three-year NDIS trial phase (available in full here) has been summarised in an article and diagram by Every Australian Counts. Click here to view the summary.
 

Helping Aboriginal people and service providers get NDIS ready

The NSW Government has announced an extra $1.5 in funding to help Aboriginal disability service providers transition to the NDIS. The Government has also announced its intention to continue working closely with Aboriginal communities as the NDIS rolls out. Click here for more information.
 

NDIS portal problems resolved

The breakdown of the new MyPlace NDIS portal after the start of the full NDIS rollout has now been fixed. However, it caused major problems for many service providers, people with disability and their families and carers. For more information on the MyPlace portal and how it works, click here.

A PricewaterhouseCoopers report (available here) found that the IT system was not ready to go and should not have been activated so quickly. It has also been reported that the glitch has meant only a fraction of the anticipated 20,000 plans have been completed nationwide in the first three months of the full scheme. Click here for more information.

Carer stories

Click here to read a Daily Mercury article about the concerns of Sally Mason, the mother of a 35 year old man with high support needs, about the NDIS.

A number of stories on the impacts of the MyPlace portal problems on carers have been in the news. Click here to read about Ellen Sanders and her two children with autism, here to read about Kate Bradbrook and her family's financial crisis and here to read about a young foster child who missed out on necessary supports.

National unity on disability policy

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Disability Reform Council have recently committed to continue implementing the National Disability Strategy, to develop a national quality and safeguard framework for NDIS supports and affirming the responsibility governments have to help a market system develop. Click here to read the communique. 
 

Still a way to go on meeting multicultural needs

An article in the Community Care Review has addressed the challenges facing culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities in the current aged care and disability reforms. Click here to read the article.
 

Carers and the NDIS

A blog article by Kathryn Knight has raised concerns about how carers will be supported in the NDIS. 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.
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Have Your Say

Would you like to support other carers?

Carers Australia runs a project that gives carers the opportunity to learn from other carers who have been through the NDIS process. If you are a carer with experience of the NDIS and would like to help other carers in their NDIS journey, you could become a Peer Conversation Partner. Click here for more information or call 02 6122 9900.
 

Have your say on disability safeguards in NSW

The NSW Ombudsman is running a forum called Addressing the abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability on 24 November 2016 from 8:45am to 4:45pm in Sydney. Entry is free for carers but registration is a must. Click here for more information.
 

Have your say about carer supports

The Australian Government is offering carers across the country the chance to have their say on how information, services and support are delivered to them. They’ve asked an independent Australian research company, AMR, to create and manage a survey open to everyone who assists a family member or friend with their everyday activities.

If you choose to take part in the survey, you’ll be helping the Government understand the needs of different groups of carers across the community. The survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete, and may be shorter depending on your answers. Click here to access the survey.

You’ll have the option to skip some questions you might prefer not to answer, or withdraw from the survey at any time. And if you do take part, your answers will be completely anonymous: no personally identifying information will be asked from you. Thanks in advance for your help shaping the future of support for carers in Australia.
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Featured Resources

New resources for carers

Carers Australia has recently updated the NDIS section of their website, adding a new NDIS glossary, a Frequently Asked Questions section and brand new videos explaining different topics. The web page also features samples of complete Carer Statements and Participant Workbook entries. Click here to view these resources.
 

My First Plan fact sheet

The NSW Government has published a new fact sheet that simply explains what happens for an NDIS first plan. Click here to view the fact sheet.
 

Frequently asked questions about the NDIS

Every Australian Counts has updated its NDIS FAQs, which explain in simple language how the NDIS works. Click here to view this resource.
 

New information on early intervention

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has recently published a series of new resources to help parents and carers understand how the NDIA does early intervention support for children aged 0-6.
  • Click here to watch an animation
  • Click here to read the web page
  • Click here to download the brochure
  • Click here to watch a video about one family's experience

A 'quick guide' to the NDIS

The Australian Parliamentary Library has developed a 'quick guide' to the NDIS that puts the NDIS in context, overviews its key principles and details how it is funded and governed. Click here to read the guide.
 

Project supports adult siblings of people with disability

Creating Capacity: Support for Adult Siblings is a new national project that aims to build the capacity of adult siblings of people with disability to understand the role of the NDIS and support their brothers or sisters as they transition to the NDIS. Click here for more information or contact Kate Strohm at kate@siblingsaustralia.org.au.
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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 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 Workshop for Arabic, Russian, Tongan and Turkish Speaking Communities run by Ethnic Community Services Cooperative. 25 October, 4, 7 & 18 November 2016, Newtown and Rockdale. Click here or call 02 9589 1288 for more information.
  • Peer2Peer meetings run by Community Disability Alliance Hunter. 18 October, Charlestown; 26 October, Maitland and 7 October, Wallsend. Click here for more information or call 0490 053 454.
  • Living my way: Getting prepared information-share for Aboriginal families of a child with a disability run by First Peoples Disability Network and Plumtree. 8 November 2016, Marrickville. Click here for more information or call 02 8399 0882

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.
  • Are you about to transition into the NDIS? run by NDIS and St Vincent de Paul Society. 4-7 October 2016, Forster, Kurri, Muswellbrook & Salamander. Click here for more information or call 0434 225 250.

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.
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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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