Roll-out of NDIS hailed a success

YOUNG Tasmanians transitioning to the National Disability Insurance Scheme are experiencing a smooth and well planned transition, a report has found.

A progress report released by the Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme found the Tasmanian trial site was a success story.

During the first stage of the NDIS in Tasmania the scheme will be rolled out to about 1000 Tasmanians with disability aged between 15 to 24 by July 2016.

From then, other eligible Tasmanians with disability will start to get support through NDIS, and by the time the NDIS is fully implemented in July 2019, more than 10,000 Tasmanians with disability will be supported.

The report found there were no waiting lists for young people with a disability in Tasmania and most of the 1000 young people involved in the trial would be phased in within the first year.

The report said the committee was "impressed" with the relationships between the National Disability Insurance Agency and all stakeholders.

Participants told the committee the NDIS had been a "godsend" and "nothing but positive", and a survey found all respondents had a good experience with the planning process.

But the report shows the trial was not without challenges, and the committee was concerned about the number of NDIS plans that had not been activated.

Other concerns were waiting lists for housing and respite services and gaps in service providers.

Bass Liberal MHR Andrew Nikolic said he was pleased with the progress in Tasmania, but said market capacities needed to be worked through.

Disability advocate Jane Wardlaw said more could be done to build participant confidence.

"For people that have been dis-empowered for a long time we need to help them understand in an NDIS world they have the right to make their own decisions and shop around for services," Ms Wardlaw said.

"Capacity building must go hand in hand as we head towards full implementation," she said.

Tasmanian Labor Senator Carol Brown said the report highlighted that the roll-out so far was "a remarkable achievement".


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