National Disability Insurance Scheme (SA Implementation)

Project name

National Disability Insurance Scheme (SA Implementation)

Industry sector

Health, ageing and disability



The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will fundamentally transform the way disability care is delivered. The NDIS model of customer directed care is currently in trial phase and is available to children up to 13 years of age.

Customer directed care is driven by choice and service, with individual customers able to make decisions about their care. The new approach to care will require a new workforce that is multi-skilled, flexible and responsive.

There are currently more than 220 residential aged care facilities in the northern Adelaide region ranging from small, targeted facilities providing high needs care to people with advanced ageing conditions through to new, low needs serviced communities.  The size of organisations range from facilities as small as 10 bed serviced homes through to large scale facilities with more than 100 beds.

There are more than 90 service providers working in direct provision of disability services in the region. These services also range from high needs supported accommodation through to low needs, individualised service provision (e.g transport assistance).

The introduction of healthy ageing reforms and the NDIS has the potential to create new industries and employment in sectors such as advanced manufacturing (assistive technologies and medical devices).  It is anticipated that approximately 1750 new jobs will be created in northern Adelaide alone as part of the NDIS roll-out in 2017-18.  These jobs range from direct care providers through to specialist occupations including (but not limited to) speech pathologists and physiotherapists.

Estimated project value

$400 million (in northern Adelaide)

Commencement date

April 2016


NDIS reform, Department of Communities and Social Inclusion
Ms Zofia Nowak
Phone (08) 8415 4374