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ndis: where’s it at? J uly 1 marked another stage of the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, with new regions and age groups being added to the scheme across five states and territories. Are you a South Australian employer looking to increase diversity in your workplace with committed employees? The NDIS began rolling out on July 1, 2013, commencing in South Australia, Tasmania, the Hunter Region in New South Wales and the Barwon area of Victoria. The NDIS commenced in the ACT in July of 2014, and the national rollout began in July of 2016. With such a huge scheme, stages of the NDIS have been progressively added, with the full scheme expected to be rolled out by 2019. On July 1, 2017, the following stages were rolled onto the scheme: • Northern Territory: Darwin Remote, Katherine and eligible people in supported accommodation in Alice Springs • Queensland: Ipswich • New South Wales: South Eastern Sydney, Sydney, Far West District, Illawarra Shoalhaven, Mid North Coast, Murrumbidgee, Northern NSW and Western NSW • South Australia: Barossa Light and Lower North and • Tasmania: Children aged 4 to 11 In regions, or for age groups, where the NDIS has Northern Adelaide for adults aged 18 to 64 years not been rolled out yet, supports continue to be made available for those eligible through state or territory based services. The July 1 changes were not limited to participants, though, with price guides for registered service providers also changing on this date. The NDIS sets a maximum price for service providers, with key changes to maximum prices including: • 4.5% increase for daily activity and community participation supports • 1.9% increase for capacity building supports • 2.1% increase for capital-related supports • No change for therapy services Remote area loadings for maximum prices have We can assist you to find the right person quickly and efficiently, as South Australia’s only Deaf and hearing impaired specialist employment service provider. Our services are FREE Offering continued ongoing support for employers and employees. Employer incentives are available. P 08 8464 0782 E increased including: • 20% loading for remote areas (previously 18%) • 25% loading for very remote areas (previously 23%) For more information, check out ndis 51