Is the NDIS near me?

Is the NDIS near me?

By 2020 the NDIS is expected to be supporting more than 460,000 Australians with disability

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is being introduced across the country in a stage-by-stage process to ensure a smooth and successful transition from previous supports.

Over 120,000 people around Australia already have an approved individualised plan with that number continuing to grow with each new roll out. The roll out is expected to be complete by 2020. By that time the NDIS is expected to be supporting more than 460,000 Australians with disability.

Depending on where you live, the scheme will reach you by either age group or residential location. We have listed these roll out dates for each state below.

Supports you currently receive either through State based supports or other Government funded programs will still be in place until you have completed your transition into the NDIS.

For many people entering the NDIS, a Local Area Coordinator (LAC) will be their main point of contact for the NDIS. LAC’s are local organisations who work in partnership with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). These organisations assist participants to write and manage their plans, and connect them to mainstream services.

NDIS in the ACT

The NDIS is completely rolled out in the ACT and available throughout the Territory.

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has partnered with Feros Care to deliver Local Area Coordinator (LAC) services and work with people with disability in the community to help with their NDIS journey.

NDIS in New South Wales

The NDIS is completely rolled out in New South Wales (NSW) and available throughout the State.

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has partnered with three local community based organisations to deliver Local Area Coordinator (LAC) services. They work with people with disability in the community to help with their NDIS journey.

Each organisation covers different areas in Metropolitan Sydney or Regional NSW:

  • Uniting

    • Sydney Metropolitan areas: Northern Sydney, Western Sydney

    • NSW Regional areas: Illawarra Shoalhaven, Nepean Blue Mountains, Southern NSW

  • St Vincent de Paul Society NSW

    • Sydney Metropolitan areas: South Eastern Sydney, South Western Sydney, Sydney

    • NSW Regional areas: Central Coast, Hunter New England

  • Social Futures

    • NSW Regional areas: Far West, Mid North Coast, Murrimbidgee, Northern NSW, Western NSW

NDIS in Northern Territory

The Northern Territory (NT)  is one of the states that will roll out the NDIS according to geographic location. This means people with disability will be able to start accessing the NDIS at different times depending on where they live.

At the moment, the NDIS is available to participants in the East Arnhem, Barkly, Darwin Remote and Katherine regions of the NT.

1 July 2018

From 1 July 2018, the NDIS will be available to people living in:

  • Darwin Urban region -  Belyuen, Coomalie, Darwin, Litchfield, Palmerston and Wagait

  • Central Australia - Alice Springs, Central Desert and MacDonnell regions of the NT.

This will complete the roll out of NDIS in NT. Approximately 6,500 people living with disability are expected to be accessing the Scheme by this time.

The NDIA is not partnering with any other organisations to help people with disability access the NDIS in NT but the agency looks after this process itself.

NDIS in Queensland

If you live in Queensland, you can expect to see the NDIS introduced according to region.

The NDIS is currently available in the Ipswich area and the regional areas of Bundaberg, Mackay, Rockhampton, Toowoomba and Townsville. Other areas will be added later in July 2018 and January 2019 completing the NDIS roll out in Queensland.

Local Area Coordinators

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has partnered with the community organisations below to deliver Local Area Coordinator (LAC) services in certain areas. These organisations work with people with disability in the community to help with their NDIS journey.

  • Carers Queensland Incorporated

    • Metropolitan Brisbane areas: Ipswich

    • Qld regional areas: Rockhampton, Toowoomba

  • Feros Care

    • Qld regional areas: Mackay, Townsville

  • IWC

    • Qld regional area: Bundaberg

1 July 2018

From 1 July 2018 the NDIS will be rolled out in the following regions:

  • Metropolitan Brisbane and surrounding areas

    • Brisbane

    • Robina

    • Beenleigh

  • Queensland Regional areas

    • Cairns

    • Maryborough

1 January 2019

From 1 January 2019 the remaining Regional regions will join the NDIS roll out giving all Queenslanders with disability access to the NDIS:

  • Queensland Regional areas

    • Caboolture/Strathpine

    • Maroochydore

The NDIA hasn’t announced LAC partners for any of those areas.

NDIS in South Australia

In South Australia (SA), people living with a disability have been entering the NDIS by age group being divided by location.

The scheme has completed roll out across all age groups in all locations across the State.

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has partnered with three local community based organisations to deliver Local Area Coordinator (LAC) services. They work with people with disability in the community to help with their NDIS journey.

Each organisation covers different areas in Metropolitan Adelaide or Regional SA:

  • Feros Care

    • Adelaide Metropolitan areas: Barossa Light and Lower North, Northern Adelaide

  • Baptcare

    • Adelaide Metropolitan areas: Eastern Adelaide, Western Adelaide

    • SA Regional areas: Yorke and Mid North

  • Mission Australia

    • Adelaide Metropolitan areas: Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island, Southern Adelaide

    • SA Regional areas: Eyre Western, Far North, Limestone Coast, Murray and Mallee

NDIS in Tasmania

Tasmania is one of the states in Australia that will see the NDIS introduced by age group. This means when you will be able to access the Scheme depends on your age.

Currently, the NDIS is available to people aged between 4 and 34 years with more age groups added from July 2018.

1 July 2018

From 1 July 2018 children aged 0 to 3 and adults aged 35-49 will be able to access the NDIS in Tasmania.

All other age groups will be able to access the NDIS by 1 July 2019, completing the roll out in Tasmania.

Local Area Coordinators

The two community based organisations who have partnered with NDIA to deliver LAC services in Tasmania are:

  • Baptcare: servicing Tasmania's North and South West

  • Mission Australia: servicing Tasmania's South East and North West

NDIS in Victoria

In Victoria, the NDIS is being introduced by region. In some parts of the State people with disability are already accessing the Scheme whilst in other areas the NDIS is yet to be rolled out.

Currently the NDIS is available in the following Metropolitan and Regional areas:

  • Metropolitan Melbourne areas: Bayside Peninsula, Hume Moreland, Inner Eastern Melbourne, North Eastern Melbourne, Outer Eastern Melbourne

  • Regional Victoria areas: Central Highlands, Inner Gippsland, Loddon, Ovens Murray, Western District

Local Area Coordinators

The three community based organisations who have partnered with NDIA to deliver LAC services in Victoria are listed below. They work with people with disability in the community to help with their NDIS journey.

Each organisation covers different areas in Metropolitan Melbourne or Regional Victoria:

  • Brotherhood of St Laurence

    • Melbourne Metropolitan areas: Bayside Peninsula, Hume Moreland, North East Melbourne

  • Latrobe Community Health Service

    • Melbourne Metropolitan areas: Inner Eastern Melbourne, Outer Eastern Melbourne

    • Victorian Regional areas: Central Highlands, Inner Gippsland, Ovens Murray, Western District

  • Intereach

    • Victorian Regional areas: Loddon

1 September 2018

From 1 September 2018, the NDIS will become available in the Southern Melbourne Metropolitan area

1 October 2018

The Brimbank Melton and Western Melbourne Metropolitan areas are set to join the NDIS from 1 October 2018.

1 January 2019

The final areas to rollout the NDIS in Victoria will include the Regional areas of Goulburn, Mallee and the Outer Gippsland area which will all become part of the NDIS from 1 January 2019.

The NDIA hasn’t announced LAC partners for any of those areas yet.

NDIS in Western Australia

Western Australia (WA) was part of the original trial of NDIS services which was originally coordinated by the WA State Government.

It has now been agreed that WA will join the national NDIS roll out which is overseen by the Australian Government to make sure there is a consistent approach in the roll out and delivery of services under NDIS.

There will be a change over period where existing WA NDIS participants will transfer to the national NDIS program. This transfer will happen between April and December 2018.

For anyone living in WA who is new to the NDIS, the roll out of the Scheme will start from 1 July 2018 and will be made available to people depending on their geographic location.

The rollout across Western Australia is expected to be complete by 2020.

WA NDIS clients People already taking part in the WA NDIS will transfer to the nationally-delivered NDIS in a phased approach from April 2018. The Western Australian Government will contact people who are able to transfer to let them know this is happening and what they need to do.

The transfer of people from the WA NDIS to the national Scheme will happen in different stages by region:

  • April to July 2018 - North East Metro and inner Wheatbelt

  • July to November 2018 - South Metro

  • August to October 2018 - Central South Metro

  • September to December 2018 - Lower South West

  • October to December 2018 - Kimberley and Pilbara

This change over will be completed by December 2018.

New NDIS participants From 1 July 2018 the nationally-delivered NDIS will be made available at different stages to all new participants across WA based on where they live:

  • 1 July 2018 From 1 July 2018 the NDIS will be available to people living with disability in the Wheatbelt and Central South Metro regions.     

  • 1 October 2018  From 1 October 2018 the NDIS will be available to people living with disability in the Goldfields-Esperance and North Metro regions and to new participants in the South West region.

  • 1 July 2019 From 1 July 2019 the NDIS will be available to people living with disability in the Midwest Gascoyne, Great Southern, Central North Metro and South East Metro regions.

  • 1 July 2020 From 1 July 2020 he NDIS will be available to people living with disability on Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

The NDIA has not announced any LAC partners for WA but is expected to work with local community organisations to help people with disability to access and manage NDIS services throughout the State.

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