The National Disability Insurance Scheme is one of the most important social policy reforms undertaken by federal and state governments in recent years.

All of us know Australians – be they family, friends or work colleagues – who are living with a disability. And any one of us could find ourselves or our loved ones, sometimes unexpectedly, facing life with a permanent and significant disability.

The NDIS marks a major change in the way government provides support with the introduction of packages which will better match people’s personal circumstances and needs.

We are giving back control to those with a disability recognising that the old way too often represented a ‘one size fits all’ approach.

In NSW the roll-out of the NDIS is well underway. In the North Sydney region, it is estimated 8400 people will be part of the Scheme by June 2019.

Like all changes of this scale, many local residents are learning how the NDIS will relate to their own circumstances.

I am therefore pleased that the National Disability Insurance Agency has agreed to participate in a forum I will be hosting so local residents can find out more about the NDIS and have their questions answered.

The information session will be held on Tuesday 29 August, 2017 at Norths, in Abbott Street, Cammeray from 10.30 am to 1.00 pm.

I encourage any resident who is interested in the NDIS to attend.

These are important reforms and I hope this forum, among the many other channels of communication being deployed by the NDIA, will help our community better understand the Scheme.