National Disability Insurance Scheme and Justice

NSW is the first state to fully transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) with around 140 000 participants, many of whom are receiving disability support for the first time. In NSW, all services previously provided or funded by the former Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) have been transferred to the non-government sector.

The Justice Cluster has committed to assisting NDIS-eligible Justice clients by providing information about the scheme and a person's eligibility, assisting a person with requesting access to the scheme and providing the appropriate evidence, assisting with the pre-planning and planning process and assisting a person to request a review if their plan does not adequately address their support needs.

Within the Department, Diversity Services coordinated the Justice Cluster's transition to the NDIS. Public Guardian, NSW Corrective Services, Juvenile Justice, NSW Trustee & Guardian, NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) and Legal Aid are the Justice agencies most impacted by the NDIS due to the high proportion of clients with disability.

About the NDIS

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is an Australia-wide scheme designed to support people with permanent and significant disability to live their lives to their full potential. It is a new way of delivering disability supports whereby eligible participants receive an individual support plan with funding attached. Unlike previously where services were block funded, the funding is now attached to the person and they are able to choose the supports they wish to receive.

The NDIS is an insurance scheme, with the aim of investing in people with disability early to improve their outcomes later in life.

National Disability Insurance Agency

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is an independent statutory agency responsible for implementing the NDIS. The role of the NDIA is to assess a person's eligibility for the scheme, to provide information and referrals, links to services and activities and to develop individualised support plans.

Applying for the NDIS

Those people with disability who were already clients of ADHC should have been assisted to transition to the scheme by now. For those people with disability who have never received disability supports before they will need to fill in an NDIS Access Request Form (ARF)


NSW and Commonwealth

NDIS Resources

Other resources

​Integrated Service Response

A new government initiative hosted by NSW Health assists services to coordinate wraparound support for a person with a disability and complex support needs.

- ISR Brochure (pdf) 
- ISR Brochure easy English (pdf)
- ISR Flyer (pdf)

Parliamentary inquiry

A parliamentary inquiry was held in 2018 concerning the provision of disability services and the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in New South Wales.

NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission

The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission is a new independent agency established to improve the quality and safety of NDIS supports and services.