The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will soon become available to even more Australians, with it set to rollout to numerous areas in the coming months.
The NDIS will go live in new sites across Queensland, Victoria and South Australia during September - November, meaning people living with a disability will be given a new way to access support services.
From early September, the NDIS will be available in Bundaberg for all existing state clients, while all other eligible people will be eligible to access the scheme from October.
In October, the Limestone Coast, Murray and Mallee, Northern Adelaide (City of Tea Tree Gully) regions in South Australia will go live for the scheme, as will the Inner Gippsland, Ovens Murray, Wimmera South West regions in Victoria.
The Inner East Melbourne and Outer East Melbourne regions will be live under the NDIS in November, while early access will also be available in Rockhampton for existing Queensland State clients.
The NDIS provides Australians under the age of 65 with a permanent and significant disability with the reasonable and necessary supports they need to live an ordinary life. It gives all Australians peace of mind that if their child or loved one is born with or acquires a permanent and significant disability they will get the support they need.
People receiving supports from the State or Commonwealth Governments will be contacted by an NDIS representative when it is time to transition to the NDIS.
If you live in a new rollout area and are not currently receiving State supports but think you may meet the access requirements for the NDIS, contact the National Disability Insurance Agency on 1800 800 110.
Vision Australia’s NDIS and You page is also a great information resource, as is the Vision Australia NDIS helpline: 1300 887 058.
Find out more about the NDIS in your area by visiting the NDIS website.