National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) rollout across the nation

Posted on 12 January 2016 by Yooralla

How the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will roll out in Tasmania, South Australia, Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia.

The NDIS trial sites in Tasmania and South Australia will now extend, with transition schedules for the full implementation of the NDIS recently announced for these states. They will join Victoria and New South Wales in transitioning to the insurance scheme between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2019.


The Tasmanian trial site currently provides funded packages of support to eligible participants with disability between the ages of 15 and 24. This trial site has provided significant insights for the scheme, particularly around supporting people with disability transitioning from school to work or further study.

At the completion of the transition period, 10 500 Tasmanians with disability will have access to funded support. The roll out in Tasmania will occur by age group as follows:

  • 1 July 2016 – 12-14 year olds
  • 1 January 2017 – 25-28 year olds
  • 1 July 2017 – 4-11 year olds
  • 1 January 2018 – 29-34 year olds
  • 1 July 2018 – 0-3 and 35-49 year olds
  • 1 January 2019 – 50-64 year olds

South Australia

It is estimated that 32 000 South Australians with disability will transition into the NDIS as it progressively expands in South Australia. Currently the trial site provides funded support to children under 14 years but will begin to include additional participants from 1 July 2016 as follows:

  • 1 February 2016 – remainder of under 14-years-old participants
  • 1 January 2017 – 15-17 year olds
  • 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018 – 18-64 year olds, geographically by state disability region

Queensland and the Northern Territory

The Northern Territory and Queensland are yet to clarify their plan to move into the NDIS, but trial sites now identified in Queensland have clarified how the scheme will start implementing the insurance scheme. 

The local government areas of Townsville City, Charters Towers Regional Council and Palm Island Aboriginal Shire will be the first areas to trial the scheme with about 600 participants expected to receive funded packages of support by 1 July 2016. Townsville and Charters Towers will plan with children and young people in the initial phase of the trial in this state. The Queensland Government will continue to work on an agreement to fully implement the scheme to about 97 000 eligible participants across the transition period to 2019.

Information continues to be gathered in the Northern Territory to implement the insurance scheme in the best way to meet the needs of diverse and remote populations in the region. The scheme will roll out across the Territory between 2016 and 2019, however an agreement regarding the schedule for transition is yet to be published. It is likely this will occur on a community by community basis, with staff visiting remote locations and engaging local communities in the planning process.

Western Australia

Western Australia commenced planning under the NDIS in the Perth Hills area on 1 July 2014. In this state, the NDIS is being trialled and compared to the Western Australian model of disability support provision called ‘My Way’. Western Australia is the only state in Australia that is yet to commit to the full implementation of the scheme.

NDIS in Western Australia have however started to advertise information sessions in the Midland area of the state in April 2016, suggesting an expansion of the trial site and perhaps a move to the nationalisation of the insurance approach consistently across Australia.

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