NDIS in South Australia

Upcoming rollout regions

October 2017

From October eligible adults aged 18 to 64 years who live in Northern Adelaide (City of Tea Tree Gully), Limestone Coast and Murray and Mallee areas will begin to enter the NDIS

The Northern Adelaide region covers the local government areas of:

  • City of Tea Tree Gully
  • City of Playford
  • City of Salisbury
  • City of Port Adelaide Enfield (East)

The Limestone Coast region covers the local government areas of:

  • District Council of Grant
  • Kingston District Council
  • Naracoorte Lucindale Council
  • City of Mt Gambier
  • District Council of Robe
  • Tatiara District Council
  • Wattle Range Council

The Murray and Mallee region cover the local government areas of:

  • Berri Barmera Council
  • The Coorong District Council
  • District Council of Loxton Waikerie
  • Southern Mallee District Council
  • District Council of Karoonda East Murray
  • Mid Murray Council
  • The Rural City of Murray Bridge
  • District Council of Renmark Paringa

January 2018

Southern Adelaide, Eyre Western, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island, Far North as well as Yorke and Mid Nort

The first stage of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in South Australia began on 1 July 2013 for children aged 13 years and under. Read about who can currently access the NDIS in South Australia.

By July 2018, it is estimated that around 26,000 people will access the NDIS, including around 17,000 people from the existing South Australian specialist disability system. The agreement provides for another 6,500 people who are not currently receiving disability services to enter from July 2018 onwards.

Roll out of the NDIS in South Australia– introduction video

How will the NDIS be rolled out in South Australia?

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. Existing service users and new participants will enter the Scheme progressively.

On 1 February 2016 the NDIS became available to children aged between 0 to 14 years of age across South Australia.

On 1 January 2017 the NDIS became available to young people aged between 15 and 17 years of age across South Australia.

On 1 July 2017 the NDIS became available to adults aged 18 to 64 years of age based on where they live.

When the NDIS commences in a region, people currently receiving supports through South Australian Government specialist disability services will be moving first.

You may meet the access requirements up to six months prior to the NDIS rolling out in your area.

For more information, please visit Access requirements.

Existing Commonwealth and state-based services and supports will continue until eligible people with disability start their plans with the NDIS.

For adults aged 18 to 64 years of age receiving supports from the existing South Australian specialist disability system, the start date for transition to the NDIS will be based on where they live. The roll out areas are listed below and more information about specific regions is available from the South Australian Government regions (New window) webpage.

Roll out of the NDIS in metropolitan Adelaide – map

Adelaide Metropolitan areas

Eastern Adelaide

The NDIS will become available for adults aged 18 to 64 years in the Eastern Adelaide region from 1 April 2018. A person may meet the access requirements to become a participant of the NDIS up to 6 months prior to this date.

The Eastern Adelaide region covers the local government areas of

  • City of Adelaide
  • City of Burnside
  • City of Campbelltown
  • The City Of Norwood, Payneham & St Peters
  • City of Prospect
  • City of Unley
  • Corporation of the Town of Walkerville

Northern Adelaide

The Northern Adelaide region covers the local government areas of

  • City of Playford
  • City of Salisbury
  • City of Port Adelaide Enfield (East)
  • City of Tea Tree Gully

A person may meet the access requirements to become a participant of the NDIS up to 6 months prior to the rollout in these districts.

The NDIS became available for adults aged 18 to 64 years in the City of Playford, City of Salisbury and City of Port Adelaide Enfield (East) local government areas on 1 July 2017.

The NDIS will become available for adults aged 18 to 64 years in the City of Tea Tree Gully local government area from 1 October 2017.

The LAC partner, Feros Care will support the rollout of the NDIS in this region.

Southern Adelaide

The NDIS will become available for adults aged 18 to 64 years in the Southern Adelaide region from 1 January 2018. A person may meet the access requirements to become a participant of the NDIS up to 6 months prior to this date.

The Southern Adelaide region covers the local government areas of

  • City of Holdfast Bay
  • City of Marion
  • City of Mitcham
  • City of Onkaparinga

Western Adelaide

The NDIS will become available for adults aged 18 to 64 years in the Western Adelaide region from 1 April 2018. A person may meet the access requirements to become a participant of the NDIS up to 6 months prior to this date.

The Western Adelaide region covers the local government areas of

  • City of Charles Sturt
  • City of West Torrens
  • City of Port Adelaide Enfield (West)

Greater Adelaide area

Adelaide Hills

The NDIS will become available for adults aged 18 to 64 years in the Adelaide Hills region from 1 April 2018. A person may meet the access requirements to become a participant of the NDIS up to 6 months prior to this date

The Adelaide Hills region covers the local government areas of

  • Adelaide Hills Council
  • District Council of Mount Barker

Barossa Light and Lower North

The NDIS became available for adults aged 18 to 64 years in the Barossa, Light and Lower North region on 1 July 2017. A person may meet the access requirements to become a participant of the NDIS up to 6 months prior to this date.

The Barossa, Light and Lower North region covers the local government areas of

  • Barossa Council
  • Town of Gawler
  • Light Regional Council
  • Adelaide Plains Council (formerly the District Council of Mallala)

The LAC partner, Feros Care will support the rollout of the NDIS in this region.

Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island

The NDIS will become available for adults aged 18 to 64 years in the Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island region from 1 January 2018. A person may meet the access requirements to become a participant of the NDIS up to 6 months prior to this date.

The Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island region covers the local government areas of

  • Alexandrina Council
  • Kangaroo Island Council
  • City of Victor Harbor
  • District Council of Yankalilla

Roll out of the NDIS in regional South Australia – map

Country regions

Eyre Western

The NDIS will become available for adults aged 18 to 64 years in the Eyre Western region from 1 January 2018. A person may meet the access requirements to become a participant of the NDIS up to 6 months prior to this date.

The Eyre Western region covers the local government areas of

  • District Council Ceduna
  • District Council of Cleve
  • District Council of Elliston
  • District Council of Franklin Harbour
  • District Council of Kimba
  • District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula
  • City of Pt Lincoln
  • District Council of Streaky Bay
  • District Council of Tumby Bay
  • The Corporation of the City of Whyalla
  • Wudinna District Council

Far North

The NDIS will become available for adults aged 18 to 64 years in the Far North region from 1 January 2018. A person may meet the access requirements to become a participant of the NDIS up to 6 months prior to this date.

The Far North region covers the local government areas of

  • District Council of Coober Pedy
  • The Flinders Ranges Council
  • Port Augusta City Council
  • Municipal Council of Roxby Downs
  • Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara

Limestone Coast

The NDIS will become available for adults aged 18 to 64 years in the Limestone Coast region from 1 October 2017. A person may meet the access requirements to become a participant of the NDIS up to 6 months prior to this date.

The Limestone Coast region covers the local government areas of

  • District Council of Grant
  • Kingston District Council
  • Naracoorte Lucindale Council
  • City of Mt Gambier
  • District Council of Robe
  • Tatiara District Council
  • Wattle Range Council

Murray and Mallee

The NDIS will become available for adults aged 18 to 64 years in the Murray and Mallee region from 1 October 2017. A person may meet the access requirements to become a participant of the NDIS up to 6 months prior to this date.

The Murray Mallee region covers the local government areas of

  • Berri Barmera Council
  • The Coorong District Council
  • District Council of Loxton Waikerie
  • Southern Mallee District Council
  • District Council of Karoonda East Murray
  • Mid Murray Council
  • The Rural City of Murray Bridge
  • District Council of Renmark Paringa

Yorke and Mid North

The NDIS will become available for adults aged 18 to 64 years in the Yorke and Mid North region from 1 January 2018. A person may meet the access requirements to become a participant of the NDIS up to 6 months prior to this date.

The Yorke and Mid North region covers the local government areas of

  • District Council of Barunga West
  • Clare & Gilbert Valleys Council
  • District Council of the Copper Coast
  • Regional Council of Goyder
  • District Council of Mt Remarkable
  • District Council of Orroroo Carrieton
  • Northern Areas Council
  • District Council of Peterborough
  • Port Pirie Regional Council
  • Wakefield Regional Council
  • Yorke Peninsula Council

The Early Childhood Early Intervention Approach

The NDIS Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) approach will be implemented progressively in South Australia.

Until the South Australian Early Childhood Partner is operational the NDIA in South Australia has established an Early Childhood team. This team consists of identified NDIA staff who have experience in identifying and determining supports for young children.

The SA region Early Childhood team will work with families of children aged 0-6 years to ensure that the best outcomes are achieved for your child. The NDIA has also contracted a clinical partner to assist the Early Childhood Team with providing information, early childhood intervention supports and strategies to children with developmental delays, and the ability to work with families to build on the strengths of the family to support early intervention.

It is important to note that talking with the South Australia region Early Childhood Team is the first part of your journey with the NDIA for all families of children aged 0-6 years. Families of children aged 0-6 years in South Australia can call the Agency directly on 1800 800 110 and ask to be referred to the SA region Early Childhood Team.

Where can I find more information?

Information packs

Information packs on the South Australian 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 South Australian roll out.

Easy English

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

Transitional Arrangements

A bilateral agreement was signed by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill on 11 December 2015 for the roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in South Australia. You can read the agreement on the COAG website.

An Operational Plan (the Plan) is an agreement between the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), Commonwealth and South Australian governments. The Plan outlines how the three parties will work together to implement the NDIS in South Australia.

The Plan is made up of 20 different sections in two parts:

  • Part one is about the bilateral and national policy.
  • Part two is about administration and service delivery.

You can download the operation plan below:

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Who can currently access the Scheme?

A person with an impairment that is likely to be permanent and the impairment makes it difficult to take part in everyday activities can access the Scheme. A person needs to meet disability or early intervention requirements, as well as age and residency requirements.

Children aged up to 14 years will continue to enter the Scheme during 2016. Young people aged between 15 and 17 years will enter the Scheme from 1 January 2017. Adults aged between 18 and 64 years will be able to access the scheme from July 2017, based on where they live (see above).

You may meet the access requirements up to six months prior to the NDIS rolling out in your area.

People will continue to receive their existing supports until they are scheduled to transition into the NDIS.

If you have already applied to access the Scheme, the NDIA will contact you when it is time for your child to be scheduled for an appointment.

For more information, please visit Access Requirements.

Office locations

There are eight NDIS offices in South Australia. They are open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Local Area Coordination

Local Area Coordination (LAC) is an important part of the supports and activities that will be available to people with disability and their communities as they transition to the NDIS. It is designed to support people with disability to explore and build an ordinary life within their communities.

The NDIA has now completed its NDIA Partners in the Community competitive Grants for Local Area Coordination (LAC) services for Participants and ILC Clients aged 7 years and over, until 30 June 2019 in the South Australian Service Areas of Barossa, Light & Lower North, and Northern Adelaide.

The successful Partner in the Community delivering Local Area Coordination (LAC) services is:

Other LAC Partners in SA will be updated as finalised in line with the NDIS rolling out From 1 July 2017, adults aged 18 to 64 years of age will begin to enter the NDIS based on where they live. The next service areas to be announced will be the country service areas of Limestone Coast, Murray and Mallee.

If you are interested in working as an NDIS Local Area Coordinator (LAC) in SA you can find details about available positions by visiting our Partners website recruitment pages:

For NDIS and LAC partner offices visit Our Locations page.

Roll out information

The NDIS is not available everywhere yet, see the Our Sites page to find out which areas currently have access.

Our Sites

Information packs

For detailed information about the roll out in South Australia, download the following information packs:

Participant information pack (PDF 2.92MB)

Provider information pack (PDF 3.55MB)