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The National Disability Insurance Scheme

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a scheme jointly funded by the Australian and State Governments. It is a new way for people to get disability support that takes an individualised approach to providing care and support over a person’s lifetime.

This means rather than providing support based on the number of places available in a program, people are funded based on their individual support needs, goals and aspirations.

NDIS in Tasmania

The first stage of the scheme was trialed from July 2013 in four locations across the country. In Tasmania, this included young people aged 15-24. The full roll out began at the start of 2016, with the following timeline:

  • From 1 July 2016: children aged 12–14 years
  • From 1 January 2017: adults aged 25–28 years
  • From 1 July 2017: children, 4–11 years
  • From 1 January 2018: adults aged 29–34
  • From 1 July 2018: children, aged 0–3 years, and adults aged 35–49 years
  • From 1 January 2019: adults aged 50–64 years.

By 1 July 2019, the NDIS will be available to all eligible Tasmanians.

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) assist people transitioning into the scheme, provide information and referral services. There has been a gradual intake to ensure that everyone is properly supported and receives the right services for their individual needs.


The NDIS is available to Tasmanians with a disability who meet the NDIS requirements. Rules for eligibility have been developed and can be found here. Tasmanian Gateway services may refer you or you can contact the NDIA directly. Have a look at the NDIS Access Checklist to get more information and watch the NDIS Pathway video below.

What happens next?

People with a disability currently receiving a service don’t need to do anything right now. The current support arrangements will continue and transition to the scheme. The NDIA will contact individuals to discuss ongoing support needs when they are scheduled to enter the scheme and are working with the local government to ensure a smooth transition.

Find out about how choice and control can affect you here. You can also view our resources and links page for more information about the NDIS.

OAK as a Registered Provider

OAK is one of Tasmania’s largest providers of a comprehensive range of disability support services, making us well positioned to face the challenges that will arise from this historic change.

We are a registered provider of services with the NDIA and can support you to develop an individually tailored plan to help you achieve your goals. 

We are currently able to provide the following range of training and employment services:

Help to access and maintain employment

  • Post school employment help.
  • Help to identify vocational potential and suitability.
  • On the job training and support including employer advice.
  • Specialised supported employment in an Australian Disability Enterprise.

Training for independence in travel and transport

  • Public transport training and support.

Development of daily living and life skills

  • Group based training/skills development in daily personal activities.
  • Social skills development.
  • Life and personal skills development.
  • Numeracy, literacy, money/financial management skills development.

Assistive technology specialist assessment, set up and training

  • Computer and other technology recommendation, set up and training.

To discuss how OAK and be a part of your NDIS plan, give us a call on 03 6208 0600.

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