History of NDIS and SDA

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides support to people with disabilities, along with their families and carers . NDIS is jointly governed and funded by Australian state and territory governments. It is intended to replace the previous system of disability care and support provided under the National Disability Agreement.

Introduction

The NDIS was introduced by the Gillard Labor Government on 1 July 2013. The NDIS began to be introduced across Australia from July 2016. It is being progressively rolled out and is due to be completed in 2019–20.

July

2013

Outcome

The announcement of new reforms to the SDA will address the outcomes of a review by the Council of Australian Governments Disability Reform Council in December 2018.

December

2018

Immediate Reforms

On the 8th February 2019, the Hon Paul Fletcher, Minister for Families and Social Services, announced ‘immediate reforms’ to the Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA). These reforms were designed to improve choice and control for NDIS participants and boost market confidence.

February

2019

These changes include the following:

The announcement was made by the Minister for Social Services, Housing and Disability Services Paul Fletcher, at the opening of a new SDA development by the community housing organisation, Summer Housing in Fairfield in Victoria.

“The government is introducing immediate changes to improve choice and control for eligible NDIS participants, build market confidence and drive stronger investment in Specialist Disability Accommodation,” Mr. Fletcher said.

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