The Agreement on the Full NDIS System between the Commonwealth and Victoria entered into force on 1 July 2019. First, there were two bilateral agreements between the Commonwealth and Victoria. As part of the agreement, Queensland has committed to pay fixed contributions from the start of full Scheme agreements in 2020-21. It includes an annual value of $2.13 billion in 2020-21, which is indexed annually until at least mid-2028. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) recently reached an important milestone when Queensland joined six other states and territories with comprehensive systemic agreements. This agreement reflects the shared responsibility of both governments under the national disability insurance scheme and provides that both governments may continue to make pre-financing contributions to the scheme. In preparation for the july 2013 launch, details on the expected reception of participants and the balance of cash and in-kind contributions to the programme were bilaterally agreed between the Commonwealth and New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania at the launch. This information is an annex to the bilateral agreements with each of these jurisdictions. Another annex has also been agreed with Victoria, which outlines the staffing arrangements of the DisabilityCare Australia Launch Transition Agency in the Barwon area. In July 2014, an agreement was reached to launch trials with NDIS in Western Australia, the capital Australian territory and the Northern Territory. “NDIS makes a difference in life with the approximately 50,000 Queenslanders with disabilities who participate in the programme which is now available in all regions of Queensland.
“I would also like to assure all current NDIS participants and all those involved in the program that today`s agreement will not affect their plans and that they will continue to receive ongoing support,” said Minister Robert. On 7 December 2012, COAG reaffirmed its continued commitment to a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) by signing an intergovernmental agreement for the establishment of the NDIS. New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and the capital territory of Australia have signed bilateral agreements with the Commonwealth that confirm the operational and financial details for the introduction of NDIS at each point of departure. The Queensland and Commonwealth governments have signed a full NDIS programme agreement which will come into effect on 1 July 2020. Over the 2019-20 period, Victoria will contribute $2.52 billion to the NDIS. The Commonwealth covers the balance of all program fees for Victorian participants. The NDIS is now available to all eligible Queenslanders. The full agreement on the programme will prevail from 1 July 2020 over the long-term funding and governance agreements between governments. Full financial arrangements in Western Australia, which subsequently joined the national programme, are not expected to start until 2023. Under the NDIS, about 105,000 Victorians have access to services for people with disabilities.
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