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Foster carer guidelines

Information about how to access the National Disability Insurance Scheme when you care for a foster child with disability

Further support for the NDIS

This fact sheet is the third in a set of resources for authorised OOHC carers about the NDIS. This fact sheet provides additional information about support available to help transition to the NDIS.

Local Area Coordination

Local Area Coordinators (LAC) have three key roles, they will:

  • link you to the NDIS
  • link you to information and support in the community
  • work with their local community to make sure it is more welcoming and inclusive for people with disability.

Uniting, St Vincent de Paul Society NSW and Social Futures have been selected to deliver the NSW LAC functions for the NDIS transition period from January 2016 – June 2018.

LAC will also support community development to build a more inclusive and accessible community.

For more information about LAC go to

If a child or young person isn’t eligible for an NDIS funded package, are there alternative services available for them to access?

If a child or young person isn’t eligible for a NDIS funded package, they may be eligible for mainstream and community services as part of the Information, Linkages and Capacity Building.

Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC)?

For children, young people with disability and their carers, support starts with having easier access to information. This means knowing where to find out about supports and how to access supports already available in the community.

ILC refers to the services which will help the child or young person with disability to:

  • find supports available in their local community
  • join in local community activities such as study, sports, socialising or other interests
  • build capacity through services like diagnosis advice, peer support and skills development
  • access information, training and support for mainstream and community services in your area.

Who do I contact to access ILC mainstream support for the child or young person I support?

During the NDIS transition from 1 July 2016 – 1 July 2018 this will be through Ability Links NSW and NDIS Local Area Coordinators. To get in touch with a local ILC provider, please visit an Ability Links NSW provider, more information can be found at

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Last updated: 24 Sep 2019