Roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme

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.

From 1 July 2013, the NDIS began in Tasmania for young people aged 15-24, in South Australia for children aged 0-14, 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 will commence 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 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 with disability in South Australia started to move into the NDIS from 1 July 2013. Children currently in disability support programs aged from birth to two years are the first group to access the scheme, with children up to five years entering the scheme before July 2014. From July 2014, the age limit will be extended to 13 years and in the third year of launch all children up to 14 years will be able to enter the scheme.

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

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

During 2013-14 programs will be implemented to help people with a significant and permanent disability, their families, carers and service providers get ready for the NDIS in the ACT. The scheme will launch on 1 July 2014. The NDIS will have full coverage across the ACT by July 2016.

Northern Territory

The launch of the NDIS will commence in the Barkly region from 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.

Western Australia

A two year launch of the Scheme will commence 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 as well as two sites operating 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.

Queensland

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

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