Since the first DFA was released in Tasmania, there have been significant developments at a national and international level:

  • The Australian Government ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, enshrining the rights-based, social model of disability as the approach for all ratifying parties.
  • All state and territory governments and the Australian Government agreed to implement the NDS.
  • In 2012, Tasmania signed an Intergovernmental Agreement for the NDIS launch.


Release of Tasmania’s first Disability Framework for Action 2005-2010


United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD)


Australian Government ratified the CRPD – it acceded to the Optional Protocol in 2009


Implementation of the NDS –a ten-year national plan to improve life outcomes for Australians with disability

August 2011

Release of the Productivity Commission Inquiry recommending that the Australian Government fund a NDIS

7 December 2012

Intergovernmental Agreement for the NDIS Launch

Tasmania, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory sign bilateral agreements for the NDIS launch

December 2012

Release of Accessible Island: Tasmania’s Disability Framework for Action 2013-2017

1 July 2013

Tasmanian NDIS Launch commences for young people aged 15-24 years


Progressive rollout of the NDIS in Tasmania.

1 July 2016

Young Tasmanians aged 12-14 years

1 January 2017

Tasmanians aged 25-28 years

1 July 2017

Tasmanian children aged 4-11 years

1 January 2018

Tasmanians aged 29-34 years

1 July 2018

Tasmanians aged 0-3 years and 35-49 years

1 January 2019

Tasmanians aged 50-64 years

January 2018

Release of Accessible Island: Disability Framework for Action 2018-2021

July 2019

Tasmania's transition to the NDIS will be completed.

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