NDIS - Northern Territory trial agreed

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The Commonwealth and Northern Territory governments have signed an agreement to establish a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) trial site in the Northern Territory.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the agreement was a key milestone in the continued national rollout of the NDIS.

From July 1, the NT trial will be run in the Barkly Regional Council local government area. It will include Tennant Creek and a number of smaller communities.

Mr Abbott said the Commonwealth would provide about $16.7 million over two years to the trial, including funding for care and support packages for participants.

Consistent with the agreements with other jurisdictions, the Northern Territory would contribute to care and support packages to the extent of about $4.4 million over two years.

The Barkly region covers approximately 320,000 square kilometres and around 150 Northern Territorians with disability will benefit from the trial.

“The trial in Barkly will deliver important lessons about rural and remote service delivery,” Mr Abbott said. “We want to ensure that the scheme is built on strong foundations and that key lessons from the trials are taken on board.”

The NDIS is expected to benefit 460,000 people Australia-wide once it has been fully rolled out.

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