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Where and when is the National Disability Insurance Scheme available?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) began being introduced in stages from July 2013. This is because it’s a big change, and we want to get it right and make it sustainable.

On 1 July 2013, the NDIS began in Tasmania for young people aged 15-24, in South Australia for children aged 13 and under (on 1 July 2014), and in the Barwon area of Victoria and the Hunter area in NSW for people up to age 65. From 1 July 2014 the NDIS commenced across the ACT, the Barkly region of Northern Territory, and in the Perth Hills area of Western Australia. Roll-out of the full scheme in NSW, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, the ACT and the Northern Territory will commence progressively from July 2016.

New South Wales

For existing clients of specialist disability services - From 1 July 2013, the first stage of the scheme commenced for people living in the local government area (LGA) of Newcastle. People living in the Lake Macquarie LGA will enter the scheme from 2014, and people living in the Maitland LGA will access from mid-2015.

People with permanent and significant disability residing in the Hunter launch site not currently receiving specialist disability services can make an access request to the NDIS at any time.

From July 2016, the NDIS will progressively roll out in New South Wales and by July 2018, all eligible residents will be covered.

Victoria

From July 2013, the first stage of the scheme in the Barwon area commenced for residents living in the local government areas (LGAs) of the City of Greater Geelong, the Colac-Otway Shire, the Borough of Queenscliffe and the Surf Coast Shire. By July 2016, all Barwon area residents with significant and permanent disability will be able to access the scheme.

From July 2016, the NDIS will progressively roll out in Victoria and by July 2019, all eligible residents will be covered.

South Australia

Children aged five and under (on 1 July 2013) with disability in South Australia started to move into the NDIS from 1 July 2013. Once individualised plans are completed for children in this age group, the NDIA can commence plans for older children.

Parents and carers in urgent need of support for their child whose age group has not yet phased in can contact the trial site office in South Australia to discuss their current situation.

Children aged 13 and under (on 1 July 2014) who are not receiving existing support from disability services funded by the Commonwealth or South Australian Government — that is, children receiving disability support for the first time — can apply to access the scheme at any time. This means parents and carers can lodge an NDIS access request now through the My Access Checker.

From July 2016, the NDIS will progressively roll out in South Australia and by July 2018, all eligible residents will be covered.

For participants and families

We understand parents are waiting for their children to join the NDIS, and we are working as fast as we can to bring the larger than expected number of eligible children into the scheme in South Australia.

We have had more than twice as many children aged five and under seeking access to the scheme than expected. 

As a result it is taking us longer to transition children into the scheme.

Your child should continue to receive current supports until they are transitioned into the NDIS.

If your child is presently receiving disability support, we will contact you with information before your child is due to transfer into the scheme.

If you have a child 13 years or younger with a disability who is not presently receiving any support, you can apply at any time to have them included in the scheme. You should contact us on 1800 800 110 or browse the information on this website.

To ensure a smooth transition into the scheme, governments agreed to children being transferred into the NDIS according to age and whether they are receiving current disability supports.

During the first year of the scheme in South Australia, we focused on children aged five and under (as of 1 July 2013).

We expected 1565 children with disability to transition to the scheme in the first year.

Demand has been much greater than expected so it is taking us longer to transition this age group into the scheme than first estimated. It is possible as many as 3500 children in this age group may be eligible for the Scheme. 

We are working with the Commonwealth and SA governments on strategies to support our capacity to respond to this increased demand.

We are working hard to transition this age group as quickly as possible. In our first year of operation 1921 children were found eligible for the NDIS, and by 24 August 2387 children were found eligible.  1629 participants have plans in place.

It may take us five or six months to bring all children in this age group into the NDIS and put their support plans in place.

We will be finalising plans for children in this age group before moving onto processing older children’s plans.

We will undertake a quarterly review of children transitioning into the Scheme, and we will contact parents closer to the date when the transition of their child’s age group begins.

Current service arrangements should continue during the transition to the NDIS.

For more information call us on 1800 800 110.

Also see: Information for service providers in South Australia

Tasmania

People with permanent and significant disability in Tasmania aged 15–24 years as at 1 July 2013 are able to access the scheme during the first stage of the NDIS. Over the next three years, young people with significant and permanent disability will be able to access the scheme when they turn 15 years old. From July 2016, the NDIS will progressively roll out in Tasmania and by July 2019, all eligible residents will be covered.

Australian Capital Territory

The Scheme began on 1 July 2014. The NDIS will have full coverage across the ACT by July 2016. For more information, visit the Australian Capital Territory Trial Site page.

Northern Territory

The trial of the NDIS commenced in the Barkly region on 1 July 2014. From July 2016, the NDIS will progressively roll out in the Northern Territory and by July 2019, all eligible residents will be covered. For more information, visit the Northern Territory Trial Site page.

Western Australia

A two-year trial of the Scheme commenced in Western Australia on 1 July 2014. This involves a NDIS launch site commencing from July 2014 in the Perth Hills area for residents living in the local government areas (LGAs) of Swan, Kalamunda and Mundaring. Two other sites will operate under the Western Australian My Way initiative - from July 2014 for people in the Lower South West area and from July 2015 for people in the Cockburn-Kwinana area. For more information, visit the Western Australia Trial Site page.

Queensland

From July 2016, the NDIS will progressively roll out in Queensland and by July 2019, all eligible Queensland residents will be covered.

For more information, visit the Preparing for the NDIS in QLD page

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