The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) rollout has sped up in some regions. Surprise! πŸŽ‰ The decision to bring forward rollout dates has come with little fanfare but provides the opportunity for people to gain access to the scheme sooner. This can make a big difference for those who are close to the 65 age cut off (because…NDIS = Not Damn Interested in Seniors).

While it is great to hear that more people will get access to the NDIS sooner, it isn’t all upside. Minister Christian Porter noted while celebrating the announcement that “β€œWhile the NDIS roll out is going well in Queensland so far, we are seeing fewer access requests than we expected in the regions where the scheme is already operating,”. This deficit may be down to the National Disability Insurance Agency’s poor planning and actuarial errors, or worse, they could be representative of people being ignored and left behind.

The sped up rollout has been brought about by National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) agreeing with the State government of Queensland to change rollout dates for some regions. In Queensland, the NDIS rollout is based on your Local Government Area (LGA). Check the new rollout dates below to see if you are impacted:

 

Between July 2016 to June 2017
Area Rollout start date
Townsville, Hinchinbrook, Burdekin, west to Mount Isa, and up to the gulf 1 July 2016
Mackay, Isaac and Whitsundays 1 November 2016
Toowoomba and west to the borders 1 January 2017
Ipswich, Lockyer, Scenic Rim and Somerset 1 July 2017 (May for existing service users)

 

Between July 2017 to June 2018
Area Rollout start date
Bundaberg 1 October 2017 (1 September for existing service users)
Rockhampton, Gladstone and west to the borders 1 January 2018 (1 November 2017 for existing service users)

 

Between July 2018 to June 2019
Area Rollout start date
Logan and Redlands 1 July 2018
Cairns, Cassowary Coast, Tablelands, Croydon, Etheridge, Cape York and Torres Strait 1 July 2018
Brisbane suburbs north of Brisbane River 1 July 2018
Brisbane suburbs south of Brisbane River 1 July 2018
Fraser Coast, North Burnett, South Burnett and Cherbourg 1 July 2018
Gold Coast and Hinterland 1 July 2018
Moreton Bay including Strathpine and Caboolture 1 January 2019
Sunshine Coast, Noosa and Gympie 1 January 2019

 

Comment

  1. Tim Lamble

    Yesterday we received a 2-page letter from the CEO of NDIA “Participants and providers work with NDIS to improve processes”.

    It was peppered with management buzzwords, but I was left with the thought that: I hope this hideous example of communication is not how NDIA/S is going to proceed.

    1. Anna

      Sadly, the last few years of this NDIA (mis)management team shows we can only expect more of this unfortunately Tim….