FOCAS-Planning-Tool.docx NDIS  

The introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will bring about wonderful changes in the lives of people in Australia with disability. The NDIS will provide great levels of choice and control, and will focus on the needs, aspirations and goals of participants. Following the trial site for the NDIS in the Hunter region  in 2013 the rest of NSW began to roll out from 2016, the scheme being available to all residents across NSW by 2018.

All eligible residents will be covered.  If you are unsure whether you are eligible to enter the scheme check the NDIS access requirements available on the NDIS website.

At this stage the roll out for the Illawarra and Shoalhaven begins from July 1st 2017 with people transitioning across to the scheme. Until individuals have had their NDIS planning meeting and plans approved and activated, existing Commonwealth, state and territory government funded disability services will continue.

FOCAS will continue to be an important provider of supports and options in the NDIS  to assist all participants to have a ‘good life’ with increased choice control and flexibility over their lives. If you have any more questions about the NDIS for FOCAS please call 4423 4280 or email

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is about giving people with a disability choice and control over their lives. Under the NIDS, people direct their individualised funding to the services and service providers of their choice. The NDIS aims for people with a disability to have their own circle of support, networks, friends and perhaps a job. It’s about enabling people to do the things they want and need to do, in a way that works for them.

The NDIS takes a flexible, whole-of-life approach working with participants, their families and carers, to develop individualised plans. The NDIS provides participants with more choice and control over how, when and where their supports are provided. It also provides certainty that they will receive the support they need over their lifetime. The NDIS also works to connect participants with community and mainstream supports. The NDIS funds the additional reasonable and necessary supports to help participants pursue their goals and aspirations, and participate in daily life. Helping people to build their social and economic participation requires the Scheme to work closely with community organisations to identify opportunities for people with disability

For more information and for feedback from the NDIS trial sites, visit the NDIS website.