A client who benefits from Ozcare's NDIS, disability and health services in Queensland

What is NDIS?

National Disability Insurance Scheme

The NDIS is a new way of providing individualised support for eligible people with a permanent and significant disability, their families, and carers.

If you are aged under 65 years old (or under 50 years for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders) and satisfy the eligibility criteria, the NDIS will provide you with the reasonable and necessary supports you need to enjoy life.

Through the NDIS, you can:

  • Access mainstream services and supports
  • Access community services and supports
  • Maintain informal support arrangements
  • Receive reasonable and necessary funded supports

These supports will help you to achieve your goals, which might involve:

  • Independence
  • Community involvement
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Health & wellbeing

As an insurance scheme, the NDIS takes a lifetime approach, investing in people with disability early to improve your outcomes later in life.

The NDIS gives all Australians peace of mind; that if their child or loved one is born with or acquires a permanent and significant disability, they will get the support they need.

The NDIS is a big change, and has been trialed in a number of areas since 2013 to make sure the scheme works well and is sustainable.

Queensland NDIS rollout dates

On 1 July 2016, the NDIS rollout officially began in Queensland for people under the age of 18 living in Townsville and Charters Towers. Over the next three years, the NDIS will be made available in different areas around Queensland, with everyone able to access NDIS by 30 June 2019.

Until the NDIS is rolled out in your area, you will continue with your current services funded by the Queensland or Australian governments.

The rollout dates for Queensland are:

RegionLaunch dateRegistration open
​Townsville 1 October 2016 - NOW AVAILABLE ​NOW
​Mackay 1 November 2016 - NOW AVAILABLE ​NOW
​Toowoomba 1 January 2017 - NOW AVAILABLE ​NOW
​Ipswich 1 July 2017 ​NOW
​Bundaberg 1 October 2017 NOW
​Rockhampton, Gladstone, Central Highlands 1 January 2018 ​1 July 2017
​Brisbane, Logan, Redlands, Gold Coast, Fraser Coast, North & South Burnett, Cairns, Tablelands, Cape York, Torres Strait 1 July 2018 ​1 January 2018
​Moreton Bay, Sunshine Coast, Noosa, Gympie 1 January 2019 ​1 July 2018

 

These dates are subject to change, please visit the NDIS website for the most up to date information.

NDIS assessment

In order to start receiving NDIS services you need to have your eligibility assessed by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).

You can usually start this process six months before the planned roll out date in your area, so you can have your approval ready and services in place as soon as possible.

The upcoming roll out dates are:

  • Townsville - 1 October 2016 - NDIS NOW AVAILABLE
  • Mackay - 1 November 2016 - NDIS NOW AVAILABLE
  • Toowoomba - 1 January 2017 - NDIS NOW AVAILABLE
  • Ipswich - 1 July 2017
  • Bundaberg - 1 October 2017

If you live in any of these areas, call us now on 1800 Ozcare (1800 692 273) to start your NDIS registration and find out if you’re eligible.

Register now

NDIS information sessions

A number of free information sessions are being held across the state by disability organisations and service providers. Find a full list of the events on the NDIS website's Queensland events page and on the Queensland Government Department of Communities website's NDIS events calendar.

National Disability Insurance Agency

The NDIA is the independent agency that is implementing the NDIS. They are a national agency that look after NDIS for all of Australia.

The NDIA:

  • Helps empower and inform people with disability to be confident consumers, while also providing service providers with clarity and transparency so they can grow their business and respond to need
  • Provides information and referrals, links to services and activities, individualised plans and where necessary, funded supports to people over a lifetime
  • Raises community awareness and encourages greater inclusion and access for people with disability to mainstream services, community activities and other government initiatives

MyPlace

Once you are an approved participant of the scheme, you can use the online myplace Participant Portal on the NDIS website to search for service providers in your area, request services, and manage your services and plan online. You can find Ozcare branches in the following areas:

  • Brisbane North
  • Brisbane South & Logan
  • Central Highlands
  • Cairns
  • Hervey Bay
  • Gladstone
  • Gold Coast
  • Ipswich
  • Mackay
  • Malanda
  • Miriam Vale
  • Rockhampton
  • Sunshine Coast
  • Toowoomba
  • Townsville
  • Warwick

If you are having trouble finding your local branch, try our ‘locate a service’ finder, or call us on 1800 Ozcare (1800 692 273) to speak with a helpful staff member.

More information


How to access services

If you live in or near Townsville, Mackay, Toowoomba, or Ipswich, call us now on 1800 Ozcare (1800 692 273) to start your NDIS registration and find out if you’re eligible.

Register now


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