For all who have been waiting for more services in Tasmania, the roll out of the NDIS in Tasmania from July 2016 brings hope of big changes in service availability. See below for an announcement from the NDS and details of when different age groups will become eligible for the NDIS in Tassie.
‘Today the Tasmanian Government announced it has reached an agreement with the Commonwealth for the full transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
From 1 July 2016, eligible people with disability in Tasmania will start entering the NDIS. In each year of the roll out, the number of Tasmanians in the NDIS will roughly double. When the transition phase ends in July 2019, around 10,600 people will be receiving individual support through the scheme.
The roll out will be state-wide and use the age cohort approach, expanding in both directions from the current trial cohort of people aged 15 to 24:
• 1 July 2016 – young people aged 12-14
• 1 January 2017 – adults aged 25-28
• 1 July 2017 – children aged 4-11
• 1 January 2018 – adults aged 29-34
• 1 July 2018 – children aged 0-3 and adults aged 35-49
• 1 January 2019 – all remaining adults aged 50-64
NDS Tasmania State Manager David Clements was at the announcement and said “People with disability, their families and the services that support them want certainty. We have been waiting for the guarantee that the promise of the NDIS to transform the lives of people with disability will be a reality for Tasmanians. Today, on International Day of People with Disability we can truly celebrate. The NDIS will be rolled out to all Tasmanians.”
“It is a great credit to both the Tasmanian and Commonwealth governments that this agreement has been reached. The NDIS will not only deliver the critical supports that people with disability have been calling for but also create jobs and be a boost to the Tasmanian economy.”
David Clements concluded, “Today is a great day for the Tasmanian disability community. Now the hard work of transitioning to the NDIS will begin. People with disability, their families and service providers will need support and resources to ensure that we make the most of the NDIS.”‘
Go to the NDIS website for more details on the rollout in Tasmania.