The timetable for the full rollout of the NDIS will be released in six months time.
The meeting of all Disability Ministers on Friday 12 December agreed to release the final timetable for each state and territory by the end of June 2015.*
While this commitment is welcome news, the NDIS must be delivered on time, as promised and in full to 460,000 people around the country.
More than 1200 supporters of Every Australian Counts emailed the ministers in the 48 hours before their meeting urging them to release a timetable and blueprint for the full rollout of the NDIS.
Every Australian Counts campaign director John Della Bosca said people with disability, their families and carers have fought long and hard for the NDIS, and now they need their ministers to see it through.
“While we are pleased to see the ministers confirm their commitment to the rollout timetable, there needs to be a plan that people with disability – and the people that support them – can contribute to, “ he said.
“We need to make sure that the public continue to be included in the implementation of the scheme. Ideally COAG would release a draft plan when they meet in the first part of next year.”
The meeting agreed there is much to be done by governments, working in consultation with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) Board, Agency, service providers and participants, their families and carers, to get ready for full rollout of the NDIS.
The ministers also agreed to careful management of the transition to avoid unnecessary risks and ensure high-quality supports to people with disability.
*This excludes the ACT where all eligible participants will transition to the NDIS in 2016.