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NDIS rolls out in Northern Adelaide, the Barossa and Lower North

Friday – 30 June 2017

Barossa, Light and Lower North Northern Adelaide

Adults will start entering the National Disability Insurance Scheme in South Australia from tomorrow.

NDIS launch day

The NDIS is the biggest social reform since Medicare, introducing a new way of providing disability services that gives people with disability more choice about the support they receive. 

Children up to age 14 started entering the NDIS under a trial in South Australia in 2013, followed by young people aged 15 to 17 in January this year.

Between July 2017 and April 2018, adults with disability around the State will start joining the scheme, based on their geographic area.

Northern Adelaide, the Barossa, Light and Lower North are the first regions to enter full scheme tomorrow.

Premier Jay Weatherill and Minister for Disabilities Leesa Vlahos joined members of the disability community in Salisbury today for a morning tea to mark the milestone. 

Background 

South Australia was one of the first states to sign up to the NDIS and, at full rollout, the State Government will be investing $723 million annually into the scheme.

More than 32,000 South Australians will receive services under the full scheme – increased from around 17,000 pre-NDIS. 

Jobs in the South Australian disability sector will double from about 6000 to about 12,000. 

The NDIS rollout schedule is:

  • Northern Adelaide and Barossa, Light and Lower North: July 2017
  • North Eastern Adelaide, the Murray Mallee and Limestone Coast: October 2017
  • Southern Adelaide, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island, Yorke Peninsula and Mid North, Far North, Eyre Peninsula and West: January 2018
  • Western Adelaide, Eastern Adelaide and Adelaide Hills: April 2018 

More information about the rollout of the NDIS in South Australia is available at www.mysupportmychoice.sa.gov.au  

Quotes attributable to Premier Jay Weatherill  

The NDIS will change the lives of people with disability, their families and carers. 

We’re putting people with disability at the centre of decision-making about the support they receive. 

For the first time, people with disability will be able to choose the support they need to live the life they want to live.

That will mean different things for each individual – from personal care to therapy, mentoring or assistance to be more involved in the community.

We know that while there are sure to be some teething problems along the way, every one of us involved in the running of the NDIS will be supporting these families every step of the way.

Quotes attributable to Disabilities Minister Leesa Vlahos  

Already we are seeing the great change that the NDIS has made in the lives of South Australian children.

While the Commonwealth is responsible for the rollout of the NDIS through the National Disability Insurance Agency, the South Australian Government is deeply invested in the scheme. 

We’ll be working to ensure that South Australians with disability have the smoothest possible transition to the scheme. 

With up to 6000 new jobs to be created across the State under the NDIS, there’s never been a better time to consider working in the disability sector.

The South Australian Government is supporting a range of skills and training programs to prepare people for a broad variety of roles.