January 1, 2019, has not only symbolised the endless possibilities and potential of a new year, but also the final roll outs of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania.
The Scheme has rolled out in the last remaining regions of Queensland, Moreton Bay and Sunshine Coast, the Victorian regions of Goulburn, Mallee and Outer Gippsland and the last remaining age group in Tasmania – people with disability aged between 50 and 64 years old.
Minister for Families and Social Services, Paul Fletcher, says the final roll out in each of the three states allows the NDIS to provide support to all eligible people with disability in achieving their goals.
“The NDIS is already empowering more than 208,000 Australians to have choice and control in how they live their lives.”
Assistant Minister for Social Services, Housing and Disability Services, Sarah Henderson, says the roll out in Queensland was an important milestone for the Scheme.
“Today [1 January 2019] marks an important step for the NDIS, as we can now provide opportunities for people with disability across all of Queensland,” Ms Henderson said.
“The NDIS is life-changing and this milestone ensures all eligible Queenslanders now have access to reasonable and necessary supports to ensure they can engage with and contribute to their communities.”
The national Scheme is expected to create more than 12,900 jobs in Queensland (an additional $2.5 billion), more than 10,500 jobs in Victoria (an additional $2.5 billion) and more than 1,000 jobs in Tasmania (an additional $260 million).
The NDIS is already supporting more than 25,000 Queenslanders, 50,000 Victorians and more than 5,000 Tasmanians.
Once fully implemented, the NDIS is estimated to support about 91,000 people with disability in Queensland, 105,000 people in Victoria and 10,600 people in Tasmania, equating to about 460,000 people nationally.
The NDIS is currently available in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Northern Territory and South Australia, with Western Australia expected to complete roll out by 2020.