LAC and Ability Links

How does Local Area Coordination differ from Ability Links?

Ability Links NSW and Early Links NSW are initiatives of the NSW Government to support people with disability, their families and carers as part of the ongoing reforms of the disability services system. It is a free service, open to all between the ages of 0-64 and there are no citizenship or residency requirements.

“Linkers” provide people with a locally based first point of contact to access supports and services.

Linkers also work with local communities to help them become more welcoming and inclusive of people with disability. There are 16 providers and joint working arrangements in place across NSW. Of these, 12 are Aboriginal non-government organisations.

NDIS Local Area Coordination is for people who have been approved by the NDIA to have a funded plan. This includes people transitioning from NSW and/or Commonwealth government funded supports. There are also citizen or residency requirements for participants. It is expected that during the two year transition phase, out LACs will benefit from the knowledge and community connections of Linkers in the local area as they help a participant implement and review their plans.

For more information about Ability Links:

https://www.vinnies.org.au/page/Find_Help/NSW/Disability_Employment/Ability_Links/

http://www.abilitylinksnsw.org.au/about_us.html