Second year of SA NDIS trail ready to go
Children living with disability aged six to 13 will be transitioned into the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) trial in South Australia from today.
Minister for Disabilities, Tony Piccolo said he was pleased that an agreement has been reached with the Commonwealth.
"This agreement should provide certainty to families who have been waiting for details about the second year of the trial," Mr Piccolo said.
"Entry to the second year of the NDIS trial will be phased in by age groups similar to the first year.
"Phasing allows for the orderly transition of eligible South Australian children with disability into the trial."
Children who currently receive disability services will be transitioned into the second year of the trial as follows:
- ages 6-7 will be assessed on or after 1 July 2014
- ages 8-9 will be assessed on or after 1 October 2014
- ages 10-11 will be assessed on or after 1 January 2015
- ages 12-13 will be assessed on or after 1 April 2015.
Mr Piccolo said that children aged six to 13 who have not previously received disability services, and now need to access services, can apply to the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to be part of the second year of the NDIS trial at any time during the year.
"We are confident that the NDIS trial will continue to change the lives of people with disability for the better and are committed to provide every chance for every child," he said.
"It is great to see that so many of our most vulnerable citizens will continue benefiting from this important reform."
This continues the Government's commitment to disability services, which will see the State's total disability budget rise to more than $550 million in 2014-15, before reaching $723 million in preparation for the full implementation of the NDIS in 2018-19.
For more information visit www.ndis.gov.au or phone the national helpline on 1800 800 110.