In The Media | 30 June 2017

Adults with disabilities in SA become eligible for National Disability Insurance Scheme

The rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to eligible adults will begin in South Australia from tomorrow, with Adelaide’s north and the Barossa among the first regions to benefit.

The milestone follows a lengthy trial period, which lasted several years, as well as an embarrassing IT meltdown that led to payment delays, and other problems such as staff not receiving training.

Until now, only children had access to the scheme in South Australia.

The phasing-in period is expected to take 12 months, with the full rollout expected to be completed by July next year.

The State Government said more than 32,000 South Australians would receive services under the full scheme, compared to around 17,000 beforehand.

Premier Jay Weatherill said the NDIS would put people with disabilities “at the centre of decision-making about the support they receive”.

“For the first time, people with disability will be able to choose the support they need to live the life they want to live,” he said.

Source: ABC News