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Where and when is the National Disability Insurance Scheme available?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) commenced in July 2013. For the first three years, it is being introduced at trial sites at selected locations 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 New South Wales 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 New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, the ACT and the Northern Territory will commence progressively from July 2016. Read about the planning process in the Participants section.

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. See also ACT: The story so far.

New South Wales

From 1 July 2013, the first stage of the scheme commenced for people living in the local government area (LGA) of Newcastle who are existing clients of specialist disability services. 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. From July 2016, the NDIS will progressively roll out in New South Wales and by July 2018, all eligible residents will be covered.

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. For more information, visit the New South Wales 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. See also Barkly: The story so far.

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

South Australia

Children with disability aged five and under (on 1 July 2013) in South Australia started to move into the NDIS from 1 July 2013. When plans are completed for all eligible children in this age group, the NDIA will start working on 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.

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

For more information call us on 1800 800 110 or see Information for service providers in South Australia and more detailed information on our South Australia sites page.

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.

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.

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. See also Perth Hills: The story so far.

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