Media Release by The Hon Jane Prentice MP

NDIS continues roll out across Tasmania

Tasmanian children aged 0-3 years and adults aged 35-49 years will join more than 160,000 Australians already participating in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) from 1 July 2018.

Assistant Minister for Disability Services, Jane Prentice, said the rollout of the NDIS across Tasmania was an important milestone for people with disability, their families, carers and the broader local community.

“I am pleased to announce the continued rollout of the NDIS in Tasmania and I welcome people who are existing state clients and other eligible residents into the Scheme,” Mrs Prentice said.

“The NDIS is one of the largest social policy reforms in Australia’s history and is already empowering more than 3,500 Tasmanians with disability.”

According to the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) Market Position Statement for Tasmania, the number of people receiving disability support across the state is forecast to grow from 4,300 to 10,600 by 2020.

“The NDIS will also create up to 1750 jobs in Tasmania and generate local investment which will ensure people with disability have the assistance they need to help them achieve their goals and participate in their local communities,” Mrs Prentice said.

“Over the coming years, an additional $260 million will be injected into the Tasmanian economy as a result of the NDIS rolling out across the state.”

The NDIA is working with Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) and Local Area Coordination (LAC) partners to deliver the NDIS in local communities across Australia. ECEI and LAC partners help participants navigate the NDIS and connect them with other community services, where appropriate.

In Tasmania, both LAC and ECEI services are delivered by Mission Australia in the South East and North West, and Baptcare in the North and South West.