Next phase of NDIS in South Australia
Sunday – 1 January 2017
The latest phase of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) rollout is underway in South Australia, with young people aged 15-17 years beginning to enter from today.
Disabilities Minister Leesa Vlahos has welcomed the next stage of the scheme, which provides a new level of support and flexibility for people with disability, their families and their carers.
When fully implemented, the NDIS will provide greater choice and control for more than 32,000 South Australians with disability.
As well as improving the lives of people with disability, it will also result in about 6,000 new jobs in the disability sector in South Australia.
For more information about the NDIS visit www.ndis.gov.au
The NDIS will provide Australians under the age of 65 who have a permanent and significant disability with the reasonable and necessary supports they need to live an ordinary life.
South Australia joined the NDIS on 1 July 2013 as part of a three-year trial for children with disability from birth to 14 years of age, and was the first state to sign up to the trial.
Adults aged 18-64 years will begin to enter the scheme from 1 July 2017, depending on where they live.
The NDIS is expected to be operating statewide for all age groups from July 2018, ultimately providing support to about 32,000 people in South Australia.
Quotes attributable to Disabilities Minister Leesa Vlahos
Today marks an important milestone for people with disability in South Australia, with young people aged between 15 and 17 years to begin to enter the National Disability Insurance Scheme across the state. Parents and carers of children living with disability aged 15 to 17 who aren’t already registered for the NDIS should contact the National Disability Insurance Agency on 1800 800 110 to check their eligibility for the scheme.
The NDIS is excellent news for more than 32,000 South Australians who will ultimately enter the scheme, as well as their families and carers. The NDIS will give them greater choice and more control of the services they receive.
It is also excellent news for the disability sector, with about 6,000 new jobs to be created in South Australia to meet the significant increase in demand for disability services.
At full rollout, the State Government will contribute $723 million annually to the NDIS.