NDIS in the Northern Territory

The details on how people will phase into the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) have been agreed between the Commonwealth and the Northern Territory governments.

The NDIS will progressively roll out across the Northern Territory over a three year period, ultimately providing support to more than 6,500 people.

The NDIS commenced in the Northern Territory on 1 July 2014 for people up to age 65 living in the Barkly region.

How will the NDIS roll out in the Northern Territory?

The NDIS is being introduced in stages, because it’s a big change and it is important to get it right and make it sustainable.

In the Northern Territory the NDIS will be rolled out geographically. People will move to the NDIS at different times depending on where they live.

The transition to full scheme will commence on 1 July 2016 with continued roll-out in the Barkly region.

Roll out of the NDIS in the Northern Territory - introductory video

Roll out of the NDIS in the Northern Territory - Map

Northern Territory Roll Out Map full information in below text

Northern Territory Regions

East Arnhem

From 1 January 2017 the NDIS will begin to be available in the East Arnhem region. The East Arnhem region consists of the East Arnhem Local Government Authority.

Darwin remote region

From 1 July 2017 the NDIS will begin to be available in the Darwin Remote region.

The Darwin Remote region consists of the following Local Government Authorities:

  • Roper Gulf
  • Tiwi Islands
  • Victoria-Daly
  • West Arnhem
  • West Daly Region

Katherine region

From 1 July 2017 the NDIS will begin to be available in the Katherine region.

The Katherine region consists of the Katherine Local Government Authority.

Darwin Urban region

From 1 July 2018 the NDIS will begin to be available in the Darwin Urban region.

The Darwin Urban region consists of the following Local Government Authorities:

  • Belyuen
  • Coomalie
  • Darwin
  • Litchfield
  • Palmerston
  • Wagait

Central Australia region

From 1 July 2018 the NDIS will begin to be available in the Central Australia region.

The Central Australia region consists of the following Local Government Authorities:

  • Alice Springs
  • Central Desert
  • MacDonnell

Transition of supported accommodation

Eligible people in supported accommodation, including Commonwealth Residential Aged Care, will move to the NDIS as follows:

  • From 1 January 2017 people in supported accommodation in Darwin Urban will begin to move to the NDIS.
  • From 1 July 2017 people in supported accommodation in Alice Springs and Katherine will move to the NDIS.

Where can I find more information?

Information packs on the NT roll out have been developed as a resource for providers and future participants. These resources include a range of factsheets and a frequently asked questions document on the NDIS and the NT roll out.

Easy English materials about the NT roll out have also been developed.

Read about upcoming events in Northern Territory.

You can subscribe to the NDIS e-newsletter for the latest news and information about the Scheme.

Contact us by phone or email.

Transitional arrangements

Roll out of the NDIS in the Northern Territory has been agreed between the Commonwealth and Northern Territory governments.  You can read the agreement on the COAG website (link is external)