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Following the release of the Productivity Commission report on disability care and support in August 2011, the Tasmanian government has been working with other states and territories and the Australian government on the introduction of a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
The aim of the NDIS is to provide greater choice and control for people with disability over their disability supports. It will fund reasonable and necessary supports that help people to reach their goals, and to participate in social, economic and community life. The NDIS will help people to access early intervention supports when they need them and will take a long-term view of the supports a person may need over their lifetime. It will also ensure that carers can continue in their caring role with appropriate and sustainable support.
Work on the implementation of the NDIS in Tasmania is being led by the Department of Premier and Cabinet, in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Treasury and Finance.
The NDIS commenced in a number of trial sites around Australia in July 2013, including in Tasmania. Tasmania’s three-year statewide NDIS trial is for people with disability aged between 15 and 24 years old. By 30 June 2016, it is estimated that over 1100 eligible young Tasmanians will have NDIS supports.
On 3 December 2015, International Day for People with Disability, the Minister for Human Services, Jacquie Petrusma MP, announced the details of the agreement between the Tasmanian and Australian Governments on the roll-out of the full NDIS in Tasmania.
From July 2016 Tasmania will be in transition to the full scheme NDIS, and an estimated 10 600 eligible Tasmanians will have entered the scheme by July 2019.
Throughout the NDIS trial, the current Tasmanian disability services system will continue to provide the same level of services and supports to clients and families. Existing clients of disability services will continue to receive their supports during the transition stage until they are eligible to transition to the NDIS.
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