The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will start in Queensland from 1 July 2016 and will be fully implemented by 2019. The NDIS will transform the way people with disability access disability care and supports, and revolutionise the way disability supports are funded and delivered.
When the roll-out is completed in 2019, around 97,000 Queenslanders with significant or profound disability will have choice and control over the support they receive. The NDIS will also bring exciting opportunities for mainstream services, and the broader community.
In 2012, the Queensland Government committed $868 million to be delivered in instalments between 2013 and 2019 to help Queensland prepare for and meet the challenges from this tremendous change to the way in which disability supports are currently provided.
On 25 September 2015, the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments announced an early transition to the NDIS in Townsville, Charters Towers and Palm Island.
The Queensland early transition sites will deliver much-needed supports and services to children and young people under 18 years of age in Townsville and Charters Towers and all eligible people under the age of 65 in Palm Island.
The early transition sites cover the Local Government Areas of Townsville City, Charters Towers Regional Council and Palm Island Aboriginal Shire.
Around 1600 people are expected to be eligible for the NDIS in the early transition sites, with up to 600 of these people expected to receive their funded packages by 1 July 2016. The remaining 1000 eligible people from the early transition sites will receive their funded packages from July 2016.
The early transition is available to those who meet the NDIS access requirements, including people who do not currently receive supports from the Commonwealth or State governments.
Initially in Townsville and Charters Towers the NDIS will support children, young people, their families and carers through community engagement forums, building links with mainstream and community supports and, for some people, assistance with access and planning.
Existing Commonwealth and state-based services and supports will continue until eligible people start their plan with the NDIS.