NDIS in South Australia

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 .

From 1 February 2016 the NDIS will begin to be rolled out in full. The NDIS will be made available progressively across the state over the next two years.

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. The NDIS is expected to cover all of South Australia and all age groups by July 2018, ultimately providing support to about 32,000 people with disability.

From 1 February 2016, children aged between 0 to 14 years of age across South Australia will continue to enter the NDIS.

From 1 January 2017, young people aged between 15 and 17 years of age across South Australia will begin to enter the NDIS.

From 1 July 2017, adults aged 18 to 64 years of age will begin to enter the NDIS 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.

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.

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

The NDIS will become 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 from 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.

Southern Adelaide

The NDIS will become available for adults aged 18 to 64 years in the Southern Adelaide region from 1 January 2018.

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.

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.

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 will become available for adults aged 18 to 64 years in the Barossa, Light and Lower North region from 1 July 2017.

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

  • Barossa Council
  • Town of Gawler
  • Light Regional Council
  • District Council of Mallala

Fleurieu Kangaroo Island

The NDIS will become available for adults aged 18 to 64 years in the Fleurieu Kangaroo Island region from 1 January 2018.

The Fleurieu 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.

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.

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.

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 Mallee

The NDIS will become available for adults aged 18 to 64 years in the Murray Mallee region from 1 October 2017.

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 Mid North

The NDIS will become available for adults aged 18 to 64 years in the Yorke Mid North region from 1 January 2018.

The Yorke 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

 

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 residence 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).

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