Full Scheme Agreement: More funding certainty for the NDIS rollout in New South Wales

Director of Social Policy Implementation at NSW Ministry of Health, Steven Davidson recently sent an update on the NDIS rollout.

On Friday 25 May, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull signed a "landmark" agreement to provide more funding certainty for the full rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

NSW is the first state to sign a Full Scheme Agreement with the Australian Government, which will provide the basis for the two governments to work together to improve outcomes for people living with disability.

Under the agreement, NSW will escalate its annual funding contribution to the NDIS (which in 2017-18 will be $3.2 billion) by 4 per cent per year, while the Commonwealth Government will pay the balance of NDIS costs in NSW. 

The two governments have agreed to use their joint contributions to create an NDIS reserve from 1 July 2019 which will "provide greater flexibility to manage the sustainability of the NDIS". 

NSW will also have access to a share of $3.1 billion of DisabilityCare Australia Fund payments between 2018-19 and 2023-24.

NSW Health has actively contributed to the bilateral negotiations for the NDIS Full Scheme Agreement. 

Read the press release here.

Download the factsheet here.