NDIS in the Queensland early transition sites

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will be available in Townsville, Charters Towers and Palm Island from January 2016.

Queensland early transition sites

On 25 September 2015, the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments announced an early transition to the NDIS in Townsville, Charters Towers and Palm Island.

The Queensland early transition sites will deliver much-needed supports and services to children and young people under 18 years of age in Townsville and Charters Towers and all eligible people under the age of 65 in Palm Island.

The early transition sites cover the Local Government Areas of Townsville City, Charters Towers Regional Council and Palm Island Aboriginal Shire.

Around 1600 people are expected to be eligible for the NDIS in the early transition sites, with up to 600 of these people expected to receive their funded packages by 1 July 2016. The remaining 1000 eligible people from the early transition sites will receive their funded packages from July 2016.

The early transition is available to those who meet the NDIS access requirements, including people who do not currently receive supports from the Commonwealth or State governments.

Existing Commonwealth and state-based services and supports will continue until eligible people start their plan with the NDIS.

Initially in Townsville and Charters Towers the NDIS will support children, young people, their families and carers through community engagement forums, building links with mainstream and community supports and, for some people, assistance with access and planning.

The NDIA has partnered with UnitingCare to help families of children aged 0-6 access the NDIS in Townsville and Charters Towers. If you have concerns about your child’s development please contact:

UnitingCare Community
276-280 Ross River Road
Aitkenvale, QLD 4814
Phone number: (07) 4775 9124

When will the NDIS be available across Queensland?

For more information on the roll out of the NDIS in Queensland see NDIS in Queensland.

Getting ready for the NDIS in Queensland

For information on whether you may be able to become a participant, see Access Requirements.

The NDIA and Queensland Government are delivering a range of information and activities to help people with disability, their families and carers, service providers and the community get ready for the NDIS.

The NDIA currently has a presence in Brisbane and Townsville.

Where can I find more information?

Read about upcoming events in upcoming events in Queensland.

Subscribe to the NDIS e-newsletter for the latest news and information about the scheme.

Contact us via phone or email.

Subscribe to e-blast updates on the Queensland Governments NDIS in Queensland (new window) page for the latest news, upcoming activities and information about Queensland’s preparation.

View Queensland’s online NDIS events calendar on the Queensland Governments NDIS in Queensland (new window) page to find out about upcoming NDIS events and workshops in your region.

Get involved in a Participant Readiness workshop or activity offered by one of the nine organisations helping to prepare people with disability, their families and carers for the NDIS. Find information about the organisations and their activities on the Queensland Government NDIS page.

Information Packs

For detailed information about the roll out in QLD, download the following information packs:

Participant information pack (PDF 1MB)

Provider information pack (PDF 1.8MB)

Roll out information

The NDIS is not available everywhere yet, see the Our Sites page to find out which areas currently have access.

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