The NSW government has flagged plans to modernise state disability laws to ensure they're compatible with the planned National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
NSW signed up to the NDIS in December 2012 and politicians expect the scheme to be fully operational in 2018, funding long-term higher quality care and support to about 410,00 people aged under 65.
But Disability Minister Andrew Constance says changes are needed to the NSW Services Act 1993 to ensure the state is ready for the NDIS.
"Although progressive when introduced, the Disability Services Act is now out of step with the contemporary approach to delivering disability services," he said in a statement.
Mr Constance said the law should be changed to reflect a shift towards "person centred disability services" and individualised budgets.
The NSW government on Friday released a discussion paper, Reforming NSW Disability Support, outlining some of the legal issues and objectives.
It said a series of consultations will be held in February.
A spokesman for Mr Constance said the NSW government wants to introduce the new disability legislation by the end of 2013.