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These rules deal with the order in which the CEO of the National Disability Insurance Agency will commence facilitating the preparation of plans for different classes of participants in New South Wales.
Administered by: Social Services
Registered 13 May 2016
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled Senate30-Aug-2016
Tabled HR30-Aug-2016

National Disability Insurance Scheme (Facilitating the Preparation of Participants’ PlansNew South Wales) Rules 2016

 

National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 (the Act)

The Act establishes the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

People who are participants in the NDIS will be assisted to develop a personal, goal‑based plan about how they will be provided with general supports and reasonable and necessary supports.

The NDIS will respect the interests of people with disability in exercising choice and control about matters that affect them.

National Disability Insurance Scheme (Facilitating the Preparation of Participants’ Plans—New South Wales) Rules 2016

These Rules are made for the purposes of sections 32 and 32A (other than subsection 32A(4)) of the Act.

These Rules are about the circumstances in which the facilitation of the preparation of participants’ plans will commence in the State of New South Wales.

These Rules revoke the National Disability Insurance Scheme (Facilitating the Preparation of Participants’ Plans—New South Wales) Rules 2013.

These Rules commence on the day after this instrument is registered.


The Hon. Christian Porter MP
Minister for Social Services

Dated: 5 May 2016



 

 


 

 

 

 

                               

Part 1   What these Rules are about

1.1     Each participant in the NDIS will have a plan, prepared by and with the participant and approved by the CEO of the Agency. Among other things, a participant’s plan sets out the supports that will be funded for the participant.

1.2     To enable an orderly transition, participants will be phased into the NDIS. There are two steps involved in accessing supports under the NDIS. The first is to become a participant: the prospective participant makes an access request and the CEO decides whether they meet the access criteria. The second is for the participant to have a plan approved by the CEO of the Agency. These Rules relate to the second step, and the order in which the CEO will commence the facilitation of the preparation of plans for different groups, or “classes”, of participants.

1.3     These Rules explain how participants in New South Wales will be phased into the NDIS.

1.4     The phasing schedule is intended to give effect to agreements that have been reached between the Commonwealth and New South Wales.

1.5     The Act sets out a number of objects and principles for the NDIS, to which these Rules give effect. In giving effect to the objects, regard is to be had to the progressive implementation of the NDIS and the need to ensure the financial sustainability of the NDIS.

 


 

Part 2   Preparation of plans for residents of New South Wales

2.1     Once a person becomes a participant, the CEO can commence facilitating the preparation of a plan for the person. The process for commencing the facilitation of the preparation of plans for participants in New South Wales is detailed below.

2.2     The table in paragraph 2.7 sets out two classes of New South Wales participants and sets out the circumstances in which the CEO is to commence the facilitation of the preparation of those participants’ plans. The CEO will deal with each class sequentially; facilitation for a class will be commenced once the CEO has decided that the Agency has the capacity to do so, in light of the number of participants in previous classes whose plans have been dealt with, and the number yet to be dealt with.

2.3     The CEO’s decisions to commence facilitating the preparation of plans for classes are tied to particular dates. Sometimes the decision must be made before a particular date; sometimes the decision must be made after a particular date.

2.4     Otherwise, the sequence of classes is generally flexible. The CEO need not be satisfied that all participants in a particular class have had their plans facilitated before moving on to the next class; for example, the Agency has the capacity to commence the facilitation of plans in Class 2 before having fully completed that task for Class 1. Further, the classes do not close at any point in time. For example, a person in Class 1 who becomes a participant after the Agency has started to facilitate plans for Class 2 participants can still have their plan facilitated while participants in Class 2 are having their plans facilitated.

2.5     If a participant who is a resident of an NDIS area in New South Wales does not fall within one of the classes in the table, the CEO is to commence facilitating the preparation of the participant’s plan as soon as reasonably practicable having regard to the CEO’s obligations to commence facilitating the preparation of other participants’ plans. Such participants are not part of the phasing sequence set out in the table; their plans will be facilitated as soon as reasonably practicable after they become participants. This ensures equity of access to the NDIS for such participants.

Paragraph 2.5 summarises the effect of subsection 32(3) of the Act.

2.6     In urgent circumstances, the CEO can commence the facilitation of the preparation of a participant’s plan at a particular time, despite the sequence set out in the table in paragraph 2.7. If the CEO does so, the CEO is able to delay the commencement of the facilitation of the preparation of other participants’ plans, so far as is reasonably necessary, even if that delay would be contrary to that sequence.

Paragraph 2.6 summarises the effect of subsection 32A(3) of the Act.

2.7     The two classes of participants, and the circumstances in which the CEO is to commence facilitating the preparation of plans for participants in those classes, are as follows:

Class

Participants in the class

Circumstances in, or period within, which the CEO is to commence facilitating the preparation of the participants’ plans

Class 1

Residents of the following districts of New South Wales as defined in Schedule A to this Instrument:

(i)   Central Coast;

(ii)  Hunter New England;

(iii) Nepean Blue Mountains;

(iv) Northern Sydney;

(v)  South Western Sydney;

(vi) Southern NSW;

(vii)  Western Sydney.

The CEO decides (on or after 1 July 2016) that the Agency has the capacity to commence the facilitation of the preparation of the participants’ plans.

Class 2

Residents of the following districts of New South Wales as defined in Schedule A to this Instrument:

(i)   Illawarra Shoalhaven;

(ii)  Mid North Coast;

(iii) Murrumbidgee;

(iv) Northern NSW;

(v)  South Eastern Sydney;

(vi) Sydney;

(vii)  Western NSW;

(viii) Far West;

The CEO decides (on or after 1 July 2017) that the Agency has the capacity to commence the facilitation of the preparation of the participants’ plans, in light of the number of participants in Class 1 whose plans have been dealt with and the number yet to be dealt with.

 

Subclasses

2.8     Classes 1 and 2 (the main classes) are further divided into four subclasses as set out below.

Subclass

Participants in the subclass

Circumstances in, or period within, which the CEO is to commence facilitating the preparation of the participants’ plans

Subclass A

Persons who, at the time they make an access request, are receiving, or scheduled to receive, specialist disability services funded by or directly provided by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services who reside in a NSW Large Residential Centre, Group Home or receiving support defined as Community High.

As soon as practicable after 1 July 2016 for Class 1 participants and 1 July 2017 for Class 2 participants.

Subclass B

Persons who, at the time they make an access request, are receiving, or scheduled to receive, specialist disability services funded by or directly provided by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services defined as Community Access or Community Support.

Subject to the CEO deciding that the Agency has the capacity to commence the facilitation of the preparation of the participants’ plans, in light of the number of participants in Subclass A whose plans have been dealt with and the number yet to be dealt with:

·         Up to 75% of Subclass B participants, between 1 July and 31 December of the relevant year for the class of participants;

·         remaining Subclass B participants between 1 January and 30 June of the following year.

Subclass C

Persons who, at the time they make an access request, are receiving, or scheduled to receive, specialist disability services funded by or directly provided by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services defined as Respite or Community Care.

Subject to the CEO deciding that the Agency has the capacity to commence the facilitation of the preparation of the participants’ plans, in light of the number of participants in Subclasses A and B whose plans have been dealt with and the number yet to be dealt with:

·         25% of Subclass C participants between 1 July and 31 December of the relevant year for the class of participants;

·         remainder of Subclass C participants between 1 January and 30 June of the following year.

Subclass D

All other persons within the main class.

The CEO decides that the Agency has the capacity to commence the facilitation of the preparation of the participants’ plans, in light of the number of participants in Subclasses A, B and C whose plans have been dealt with and the number yet to be dealt with.

 

2.9     For each subclass, the CEO is to commence facilitating the preparation of plans for participants in the subclass when the CEO decides that it is appropriate to do so, having regard to the progress of the preparation of plans for participants in the relevant main class.

2.10   In making a decision under paragraph 2.8, or considering whether to make such a decision, the CEO must have regard to the following principles:

(a)     that the commencement of the facilitation of the preparation of plans for persons who have individual funding arrangements for disability services with the State of New South Wales should be prioritised;

(b)     that the facilitation of the preparation of plans for supported accommodation residents should be done in a way that:

(i)      takes into account the intensive planning and support required for that facilitation; and

(ii)     enables, where practicable, participants who reside in the same home or facility to have their plans facilitated contemporaneously;

(c)     that where practicable, participants receiving services from the same provider should have their plans facilitated contemporaneously;

(d)     that the Agency should retain the capacity to facilitate the preparation of plans of participants who do not receive Commonwealth disability services or New South Wales disability services.

2.11   Paragraph 2.10 does not limit the matters that the CEO may take into account in making a decision.

Consultation

2.12   In making a decision under paragraph 2.9, or considering whether to make such a decision, the CEO must also, where practicable, seek the views of the Government of New South Wales and have regard to those views (if any).

2.13   If the table in paragraph 2.8 requires that a decision be made on or after a particular date, and the CEO is considering making that decision after that date, the CEO must, as early as possible:

(a)     seek the views of the Government of New South Wales and of the Commonwealth Department that administers the Act about the proposed decision (including their views about the effect that making the decision would have on arrangements agreed between the Commonwealth and New South Wales for the funding of the NDIS); and

(b)     use his or her best endeavours to reach an agreement with those entities about the proposed decision.

 


Part 3   Other matters

Citation

3.1     These Rules may be cited as the National Disability Insurance Scheme (Facilitating the Preparation of Participants’ Plans—New South Wales) Rules 2016.

Interpretation

3.2     These Rules include text that summarises provisions of the Act. The boxed notes identify such text, which does not form an operative part of these Rules.

3.3     Terms and expressions that are used in the Act have the same meaning in these Rules unless these Rules display a contrary intention—see the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 and the Legislation Act 2003, which include definitions and rules of interpretation that apply to all Commonwealth legislation. For convenience, the more important definitions from the Act are identified or reproduced in paragraph 3.4.

3.4     In these Rules:

Act means the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013.

Agency¾see section 9 of the Act.

CEO¾see section 9 of the Act.

child¾see section 9 of the Act.

Commonwealth disability services means the following programs, services or allowances:

(a)     Australian Disability Enterprises;

(b)     Helping Children with Autism;

(c)     the Better Start for Children with Disability initiative;

(d)     the Continence Aids Payment Scheme;

(e)     Support for Day to Day Living in the Community—A Structured Activity Program;

(f)      Disability Employment Services—Work Based Personal Assistance;

(g)     Hearing Services Program;

(h)     Improved Support for People with Younger Onset Dementia;

(i)      Targeted Community Care—Mental Health;

(j)      Respite: Carer Support and Personal Helpers and Mentors component;

(k)     National Auslan Interpreter Booking and Payment Service;

(l)      After School Hours Care for Teenagers with Disability;

(m)    Partners in Recovery: Coordinated Support and Flexible Funding for people with severe and persistent mental illness and complex needs;

(n)     Respite Support for Carers of Young People with Severe or Profound Disability;

(o)     mobility allowance (under the Social Security Act 1991).

NDIS area has the same meaning as in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (Becoming a Participant) Rules 2016.

New South Wales disability services means services provided or funded under the Disability Services Act 1993 (NSW).


Schedule A

 

District

Districts are comprised of the following areas of New South Wales constituted under the Local Government Act 1993 (NSW) as at 1 January 2016

Central Coast

City of Gosford

Wyong Shire

Hunter New England

Armidale Dumaresq

City of Cessnock

Dungog Shire

Glen Innes Severn

Gloucester Shire

Great Lakes

City of Greater Taree

Gunnedah Shire

Guyra Shire

Gwydir Shire

Inverell Shire

City of Lake Macquarie

Liverpool Plains Shire

City of Maitland

Moree Plains Shire

Muswellbrook Shire

Narrabri Shire

City of Newcastle

Port Stephens

Singleton

Tamworth Regional

Tenterfield Shire

Upper Hunter Shire

Uralla Shire

Walcha

Nepean Blue Mountains

City of Blue Mountains

City of Hawkesbury

City of Lithgow
City of Penrith

Northern Sydney

Hornsby Shire

Hunters Hill Municipality

Ku-ring-gai

Lane Cove Municipality

Manly

Mosman Municipality

North Sydney

Pittwater

City of Ryde

Warringah

City of Willoughby

South Western Sydney

City of Bankstown

Camden

City of Campbelltown

City of Fairfield

City of Liverpool

Wingecarribee Shire

Wollondilly Shire

Southern NSW

Bega Valley Shire

Bombala

Cooma-Monaro Shire

Eurobodalla Shire

Goulburn Mulwaree

Palerang

City of Queanbeyan

Snowy River Shire

Upper Lachlan Shire

Yass Valley

Western Sydney

City of Auburn

City of Blacktown

City of Holroyd

City of Parramatta

The Hills Shire

Illawarra Shoalhaven

Kiama Municipality

City of Shellharbour

City of Shoalhaven

City of Wollongong

Mid North Coast

Bellingen Shire

City of Coffs Harbour

Kempsey Shire

Nambucca Shire

Port Macquarie-Hastings

Murrumbidgee

City of Albury

Berrigan Shire

Bland Shire

Boorowa

Carrathool Shire

Conargo Shire

Coolamon Shire

Cootamundra Shire

Corowa Shire

Deniliquin

Greater Hume Shire

City of Griffith

Gundagai Shire

Harden Shire

Hay Shire

Jerilderie Shire

Junee Shire

Leeton Shire

Lockhart Shire

Murray Shire

Murrumbidgee Shire

Narrandera Shire

Temora Shire

Tumbarumba Shire

Tumut Shire

Urana Shire

City of Wagga Wagga

Wakool Shire

Young Shire

Northern NSW

Ballina Shire

Byron Shire

Clarence Valley

Kyogle

City of Lismore

Richmond Valley

Tweed Shire

South Eastern Sydney

City of Botany Bay

City of Hurstville

City of Kogarah

City of Randwick

City of Rockdale

Sutherland Shire

City of Sydney - Inner and East

Waverley

Woollahra Municipality

Sydney

Ashfield

Burwood

Canada Bay

Canterbury

Leichhardt

Marrickville

Strathfield

Sydney - South and West

Western NSW

Bathurst Regional

Blayney Shire

Bogan Shire

Bourke Shire

Brewarrina Shire

Cabonne

Cobar Shire

Coonamble Shire

Cowra Shire

City of Dubbo

Forbes Shire  

Gilgandra Shire

Lachlan Shire

Mid-Western Regional

Narromine Shire

Oberon

City of Orange

Parkes Shire

Walgett Shire

Warren Shire

Warrumbungle Shire

Weddin Shire

Wellington

Far West

Balranald Shire

City of Broken Hill

Central Darling Shire

Wentworth Shire