Implementation

Page last updated: 28 February 2017

The new Commonwealth Continuity of Support (CoS) Programme will start from 1 December 2016, and will be phased across regions within states and territories.  A client’s transition to CoS will be based on where they live and when the NDIS rolls out in their area. This phased approach will support minimal disruption to care and services for both older people with disability and their service providers.  

Until the CoS Programme rolls out in a region, clients will continue to access the current state and territory-managed disability system. Clients will not need to do anything to move to the CoS Programme and will not need to be re-assessed before entering the CoS Programme.

The Australian Government is working with state and territory governments to ensure a smooth transition to the new arrangements.

Table: CoS Programme Implementation Schedule

State or Territory

Start Date

Full Implementation Date

NSW

From 1 December 2016

1 July 2018

Tasmania

From 1 December 2016

1 July 2019

Queensland

From 1 January 2017

1 July 2019

NT

From 1 July 2017

1 July 2019

ACT

To be advised

To be advised

SA

From 1 October 2017

1 July 2018

Victoria

To be advised

1 July 2019

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