On 1 July 2013, Tasmania commenced a three year trial of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) for young people aged between 15 and 24 years of age. Three years on, over 1 000 young Tasmanians are now being supported by the NDIS and are experiencing greater choice and control over the supports they receive than ever before.
On 11 December 2015, the Tasmanian and Commonwealth Governments signed a Bilateral Agreement committing to rolling out the NDIS to full scheme.
Almost 10 600 Tasmanians will be participants of the Scheme by June 2019.
1. In the first year all young people aged 12 to 28 years will transition:
- 1 July 2016, the Scheme will grow to become available to people aged 12 to 14
- 1 January 2017, it will grow to become available to people aged 25 -28
2. In the second year all people aged four to 34 years will transition:
- 1 July 2017, the Scheme will grow to be available to people aged four to 11
- 1 January 2018, it will grow to become available to people aged 29 to 34
3. In the third year all people aged zero to 64 years will transition:
- 1 July 2018, the Scheme will grow to be available to children aged 0-3 and adults aged 35 – 49
- 1 January 2019, all remaining adults aged 50 to 64 years will transition to the NDIS
Part of the staged approach is transitioning people living in supported accommodation over the next three years on a house by house basis. Starting in July 2016, people in supported accommodation who reside with a person with an NDIS plan, will also transition to the NDIS. This means that if a person is living in supported accommodation with an NDIS participant, they will also commence the eligibility and planning process.
The best place to find information about the transition to the NDIS is on the NDIS Tasmania website and the links on the side of the page.