About the NDIS in Illawarra & Shoalhaven NSW

Shoalhaven City is located on the south coast of New South Wales, about 160 kilometres south of the Sydney CBD. The original inhabitants of Shoalhaven City were the Wodi Wodi and Wandandian Aboriginal people. Shoalhaven has 130 populated towns spread over 4531 sq klm.

Local Disability Sector / NDIS Information

There are 7,654 people or 7.7% of the population who identify as needing help assistance due to a severe or profound disability in Shoalhaven as reported in the 2016 census. Shoalhaven Average is 7.7% of the population who identify as having a disability compared to 6.3% state average

11.5% of the population in the Nowra-Bomaderry area are receiving the Disability Support Pension. This is almost double the NSW percentage (DHS )

According to statistics released in the NDIS NSW Quarterly Report 31 March 2020 there are currently 6974 active NDIS participants in the Illawarra Shoalhaven region

Shoalhaven City Council will focus these 4 key areas to show their commitment to the NSW Disability Inclusion Plan:
• developing positive community attitudes and behaviour
• creating liveable communities
• supporting access to meaningful employment
• improving access to mainstream services through better systems and processes

NDIS Plan Management – Local Contacts

Local Area Coordinator

Uniting provides Local Area Coordinators in Shoalhaven with a Wollongong office, Gerringong office and Nowra office and are the contact for the NDIS for establishing an NDIS plan with participants.

ECEI Contact

Lifestart is the Early Childhood Early Intervention for NDIS participants aged 0-6 located in Nowra. Life start assist families through the process of NDIS plans and what services are available

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