Federal member for Page Kevin Hogan said the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is set to start rolling out in the Northern Rivers and Clarence Valley from 2017/18, following an agreement for the full roll out by the Commonwealth and New South Wales Governments.
He said the agreement for the transition to the full NDIS in New South Wales was a huge milestone for the scheme.
“Thanks to this agreement, 140,000 people across New South Wales will get the individual support they need,” Mr Hogan said.
“The Clarence Valley and Northern Rivers will transition into the full scheme from 2017.
“This is great news for people with disability and their families across our community, and underscores our commitment to deliver the NDIS in full.
“The agreement delivers on the Heads of Agreement signed by both Governments to implement the NDIS across New South Wales by July 2018.
“It is a carefully managed roll-out designed to deliver an NDIS that stands the test of time.”
Ultimately around 460,000 Australians and their families will benefit from the NDIS across Australia, and with the agreements in the two largest states signed today more than half of eligible people in Australia will now be covered.
The Coalition has already delivered, with its State and Territory partners, seven NDIS trial sites that now support close to 18,000 people.
Negotiations are progressing well with the remaining states and the Northern Territory on the bilateral agreements for full NDIS rollout beyond the trial sites.