01 July 2016

July 1st 2016! An exciting day for people with a disability, the rollout of the NDIS means means gaining greater choice and control over the the disability services you receive through the NDIS assessment and planning process.

Today marked the start of the NDIS moving beyond the trial sites. With the roll out of the NDIS starting today, just a day before the federal election, it was always going to be a busy day.

National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) Chairman Bruce Bonyhady, said the NDIS would revolutionise disability support in Australia, transforming the lives of 460,000 Australians with disability, their families and carers over the next three years.

“This is a historic day for people with disability and the broader Australian community – today we move away from the old one-size-fits-all approach to a new approach which is based on choice and control for people with disability on a scale not seen anywhere in the world,” Mr Bonyhady said.

“For the first time, Australians will have access to a national scheme that will support people with disability, providing certainty, consistency and equity.”

NDIA Chief Executive Officer David Bowen, said the Agency was ready to deliver the life-changing reform.

“We have successfully delivered the NDIS trial around the country to 30,000 people,” Mr Bowen said.

“The trial was on time, on budget and importantly, had a participant satisfaction rating of more than 90 per cent. The NDIS has been meeting the needs of the people it was set up to support.”

The NDIS is being introduced in stages around the country over the next three years to ensure it is successful and sustainable.

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