Key Dates

A list of key dates for the National Disability Insurance Scheme is included below:

2010 – Commonwealth Government asks the Productivity Commission to carry out a public inquiry into a long-term disability care and support scheme

August 2011 – Productivity Commission report is publically released

October 2011 – The Select Council on Disability Reform agrees to lay the foundations for the NDIS by mid-2013

December 2012 – All states sign an Intergovernmental Agreement for the NDIS trial, establishing trial sites in New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia initially, and later expanding to include trial sites in the Australian Capital Territory, the Northern Territory and Western Australia.

December 2012 – New South Walesbecomes the first jurisdiction to agree to the full scheme National Disability Insurance Scheme

March 2013 – The NDIS Commonwealth legislation is created, as is the National Disability Insurance Agency, which will oversee the scheme nationally

July 2013 – The New South Wales NDIS Hunter trial begins in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Maitland local government areas

July 2013 – The National Disability Insurance Agency opens offices in all trial site locations around Australia

July 2013  – Ability Links launches in the Hunter, supporting the implementation of the NDIS

December 2013 - New South Wales launches Ready Together to prepare people with disability for the NDIS

July 2014 – Ability Links is expanded statewide across New South Wales

July 2015 – Transition to the NDIS for 0-17 year olds in the Nepean Blue Mountains area, one year ahead of schedule

September 2015 - The New South Wales and Commonwealth Governments sign the NDIS bilateral agreement

July 2016 – NDIS transition period (outside trial sites) begins in New South Wales

May 2018 - NSW Government and Australian governments signed the Full-Scheme Agreement.

July 2018 – NDIS becomes available to all residents across New South Wales