The NDIS is live in your community from the first of July!

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of providing support for people with disability, their families and carers in Australia.

It replaces a system that was unfair and inefficient with one that maximises people’s independence and capacity to participate and contribute to their community.

The NDIS is being rolled out in stages across Australia. Mid North Coast communities will join the Scheme from 1 July 2017.

The Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP, Member for Cowper, launched the NDIS on the Mid North Coast at the Coffs Harbour NDIS Local Area Coordination (LAC) office on Thursday.

“The rollout of the NDIS is a significant undertaking because it affects thousands of people throughout the region,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“All of the NDIS Local Area Coordination offices will assist people with a disability, their families, their carers, and service providers’ transition to the scheme.”

The NDIS Partners in the Community Program supports the NDIS being implemented at a local community level. It enables the NDIS to partner with experienced and qualified organisations who have strong local knowledge and an understanding of what people with disability across our country need to deliver LAC services. LAC services focus on participant capacity building, including plan development, implementation and review.

NDIS partner Social Futures is delivering LAC in many parts of New South Wales and has engaged Mid Coast Communities to deliver LAC throughout the towns and communities in the Mid North Coast. This has resulted in 49 new jobs in the region.

As your local NDIS partner, we’re excited to let you know that our doors are open and our Local Area Coordinators are ready to answer any questions you might have about the NDIS.

NDIS Service Centres across the Mid North Coast are open from 1 July at the following locations:

LAC Nambucca

Shop 5B, Nambucca Plaza, 10 Pacific Highway Nambucca Heads, NSW 2448

LAC Coffs Harbour

Suite 2, 38-40 Park Avenue

Coffs Harbour, NSW 2450

LAC Kempsey

Suite 7, First Floor, Harrington Building, 

41 Belgrave Street

Kempsey, NSW 2440

LAC Port Macquarie

Suite 5, 53 Lord Street

Port Macquarie, NSW 2444

People who want to talk to a Local Area Coordinator but can’t make it into a NDIS Service Centre are welcome to contact us in other ways. You can telephone us on 1800 522 679 or email us at lac-enquiries@socialfutures.org.au now.