Tasmanians with disability now have a clear pathway to access DisabilityCare Australia, the national disability insurance scheme.
An agreement between the Commonwealth and Tasmanian governments is an important step towards the launch of DisabilityCare Australia from July 1 this year.
Participants aged 15-24 years as at 1 July 2013 can access the scheme during the first stage of DisabilityCare Australia in Tasmania. Over the next three years, young people with significant and permanent disability will be able to access the scheme when they turn 15 years old.
The first stage of DisabilityCare Australia to be rolled out in Tasmania is expected to support around 950 young people living with disability.
Young people with significant and permanent disability using existing disability support programs or mental health services will access the scheme gradually from 1 July 2013 to ensure smooth transitions from their current supports.
Young people with disability leaving school or who either have or have expressed a need for individual supports, a community access package or who are transitioning from formal out-of-home care arrangements will be among the first to move into the scheme over the next year.
The support young people receive through the current system will be maintained until they have their individual plans and support arrangements with DisabilityCare Australia in place.
Young people aged 15-24 with significant and permanent disability not currently accessing disability programs can make an access request to DisabilityCare Australia at any time over the launch period.
Through DisabilityCare Australia, the Australian and the Tasmanian governments will work closely with people with disability, their families and carers and providers to ensure a smooth transition into the scheme. A number of programs will continue under existing funding arrangements through the duration of the launch.
From July 2013, people can contact DisabilityCare Australia directly or use the My Access Checker tool (available on the website from June 2013) to help inform their access to the scheme.
The Australian Government is providing $1 billion towards the DisabilityCare Australia launch and the Tasmanian Government will provide $49.5 million over three years.
The full roll out of DisabilityCare Australia in Tasmania will be complete by July 2019 and will provide around 11,000 Tasmanians with significant and permanent disability with choice and control over the care and support they receive.
For more information about DisabilityCare Australia, the rollout of the scheme from 1 July 2013 and specific information for service providers visitwww.ndis.gov.au, emailNDISenquiries@fahcsia.gov.auor call 1800 800 110.
To stay up-to-date with the scheme's rollout visitwww.ndis.gov.auand click 'sign up now'.For fact sheets on how people with disability and providers will be supported in the transition to DisabilityCare Australia visit www.ndis.gov.au/resources/fact-sheets-and-publications/
13 May 2013