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Next phase of the NDIS underway in SA

Sunday – 16 October 2016

The next phase of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) rollout in South Australia is underway.

Parents and carers of children living with a disability aged 15 to 17 are being urged to start checking their eligibility criteria and registering with the National Disability Insurance Agency.

Over the coming weeks, Minister for Disabilities Leesa Vlahos will write to all families in which someone within this age group is currently receiving State Government support. The Minister is encouraging them to be prepared to make the most of the scheme when support plans for 15 to 17 year olds start being approved on January 1 next year.

Background

The NDIS is the biggest health reform since Medicare, and will give people with a disability real choice and control over the services they wish to receive.

Late last year, the State Government signed a bilateral agreement with the Commonwealth to fully transition into the NDIS.

Fifteen to 17 year-olds will be eligible from January 1 2017, with 18 to 65 year olds then eligible from July 2017, based on geographic region.

At full rollout, the State Government will contribute $723 million annually to the scheme, with an estimated 32,000 South Australians forecast to receive support packages (increasing from 17,000 pre-NDIS).

The expansion of the disability services industry in South Australia will mean a doubling of job numbers, from 6,000 to 12,000.

For more information about the National Disability Insurance Scheme phone 1800 800 110 or visit www.ndis.gov.au

Quotes attributable to Mental Health Minister Leesa Vlahos

I urge people who will soon be eligible for the NDIS and their families to start preparing now so that, come January first, they are ready to have their support plans approved.

In the past few years, as children under the age of 14 have come on to the NDIS, we have seen what a difference it has made for their lives and those of their parents and families.

The NDIS is not just about providing essential services; it is about helping individuals and families to achieve life goals.

This might mean assistance with employment placement, social interaction or even house cleaning – it’s up to every individual family to decide what will work best for them.

Quotes attributable to Minda Chief Executive Officer Cathy Miller

Understanding what post-school options are available is critical for a young person living with disability, and their family.

Between 15 and 17 years, the focus should be on a successful school-to-work transition or finding the right day program; too often families don’t realise exactly what specialised support is needed once their child approaches adulthood.

Access to the NDIS, and an individualised funding package, can make all the difference between a good life and a great life.

It’s all about ensuring the young person is at epicentre of the decision-making every step of the way.