In February 2010, the Commonwealth Government asked the Productivity Commission (PC) to undertake an inquiry into a national disability long-term care and support scheme.

The PC released its Inquiry report in August 2011, which suggested a new approach for funding and delivering long-term support for people living with disability in Australia - a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). You can view information about the inquiry, and the inquiry report by clicking on this link: http://www.pc.gov.au/projects/inquiry/disability-support

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) welcomed the release of the PC Report and agreed on the need for major reform of disability services in Australia through the development of an NDIS.

COAG established a Select Council of Treasurers and Disability Services Ministers (the Select Council) to consider the PC's recommendations, progress work on the foundations for disability services reform and provide advice to COAG on funding and governance options. Tasmania is represented on the Select Council by the Premier Lara Giddings MP in her capacity as Treasurer, and Minister for Human Services, Cassy O'Connor MP.

Since the release of the Productivity Commission report last year, the Tasmanian government has been working with the other jurisdictions to support the Commonwealth Government to introduce an NDIS.

Work on the NDIS in Tasmania is being led by the Community Development Division in the Department of Premier and Cabinet, in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Treasury and Finance.

The Commonwealth Government has committed $1 billion to support the first stage of the NDIS. The funding will see the NDIS start in mid-2013 for around 10,000 people with significant and permanent disabilities in select locations across the country. This will increase to 20,000 people from mid-2014.

The NDIS will commence in a number of launch sites around Australia from July 2013.

More information about the NDIS can be found on the Commonwealth Government's NDIS website at:

National Disability Insurance Scheme Helpline Phone 1800 800 110.

Tasmania's NDIS Launch

Tasmania has been successful in being selected for a launch site for the NDIS.

The statewide NDIS launch will provide support to all Tasmanians with disability between the ages of 15 to 24 who are assessed as eligible to receive individual funding arrangements or packages of support through an NDIS. It is estimated that the launch will provide support to approximately 1000 current and potential clients.

Discussions with the Commonwealth Government are ongoing and there is a great deal of work to be done between now and the start-up date to ensure a smooth transition for clients and services.

Planning and delivery of the NDIS in Tasmania will occur in consultation with clients, families, services and government.

As we progress the launch of an NDIS the current disability services system will continue to provide the same level of services and supports and will continue to run the same programs to support clients and families. To find out more about Tasmania's disability services system visit http://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/service_information/disability/disability_services

As it becomes available, further information on the NDIS launch will be provided to ensure all our stakeholders are aware of what is going on.

Tasmanian NDIS Working Group

To ensure that Tasmanians with disability, carers and the disability services sector all have a voice in the reform process the Premier has established a Working Group of community stakeholders to assist with transition planning for the National Disability Insurance Scheme for Tasmanians.

The Working Group meets approximately every 6-8 weeks and includes membership from the following organisations:

  • Premier's Disability Advisory Council
  • Minister's Disability Advisory Council
  • NDIS Tasmania Taskforce
  • National People with Disability and Carers Council
  • NDS Tasmania
  • St Giles
  • Carers Tasmania
  • Baptcare Tasmania
  • Mission Australia

You can view meeting outcomes (or communiques) from the Working Group's meetings by clicking on the links below.

Defining NDIS eligibility and 'reasonable and necessary supports'

Consultations on NDIS eligibility and 'reasonable and necessary supports' have now closed. In the coming months the Commonwealth Government NDIS Taskforce will publish updates on its website, www.ndis.gov.au, on the feedback that was received and how it will be used.