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National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a major reform, changing the way disability services are funded and delivered across Australia.

When fully implemented from 1 July 2018, it will result in more services and greater control for more than 32,000 people with disability in South Australia.

The State Government is working to prepare South Australia for the NDIS. This reform work is being led by the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI), under its Disability Reform Program.

The State Government is actively engaging with people with disabilities, their families and other consumers during the reform process.

When will the NDIS be available?

The NDIS is already available to eligible children with a disability aged 0 to 17 years old.

The NDIS will become available to adults aged 18 to 64 years old from 1 July 2017. The NDIS will be rolled out in stages across the state, starting with Northern Adelaide, Port Adelaide and Enfield (East) and the Barossa, Light and Lower North districts.

For more information about when the NDIS will be available in each area, visit the NDIS South Australia website.

What does this mean for SA Health?

SA Health currently plays a pivotal role in supporting people to access disability services, both as a provider of health and mental health services and by coordinating referrals to other disability services.

SA Health is committed to supporting clients to continue to access services as the NDIS becomes available to people across the State.

Throughout the roll out of the NDIS, there may be changes to some SA Health services. We will keep you updated about any changes to services.

SA Health will continue to provide emergency and routine health and mental health treatment to all South Australians, including those with a disability.

SA Health is actively engaging with people living with disabilities, their families and carers, to ensure that there is as little disruption to services as possible during transition to the NDIS.

What if a client is not eligible for the NDIS?

The State Government and SA Health are committed to ensuring that people who are not eligible for NDIS will continue receive appropriate services and supports.

If a client is not eligible for NDIS, they might be able to access supports via other mainstream departments. More information about options to build skills and capacity and link to these services can be found on the NDIS website.

Both the South Australian and Commonwealth Governments have committed to ensuring people with disability who are currently receiving services are not disadvantaged in the transition to the NDIS. This means that if they are currently receiving a disability service but are not eligible to become a participant in the NDIS, they will continue to receive support consistent with current arrangements.

When will the NDIS be rolled out to people with mental illness?

The NDIS will be rolled out to eligible adults with primary psychosocial disability arising from mental illness from 1 July 2018. However a small number of adults with mental illness will be eligible for the NDIS from 1 July 2017 – adults with mental illness who are clients of Disability SA, clients in receipt of mental health support through the Community Support Scheme and CHSA Accommodation Support Programs, clients of the Exceptional Needs Unit including people living in Supported Residential Facilities receiving the Board and Care Subsidy as well as new clients with priority needs.

For more information, read SA Health’s Frequently Asked Questions.

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For information and resources about the NDIS, visit the NDIS website.

For more information about the roll out in South Australia, visit the NDIS South Australia website.

For other enquiries, contact the NDIS by calling 1800 800 110 between 9.00 am and 11.00 pm Monday to Friday or via email:

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