The past three years have provided insights and time for the Agency, participants and providers to listen, learn and build through real life experience. Significant relationships and agreements have been established and grown throughout the Scheme trial, culminating in a broad and enthusiastic readiness for full Scheme rollout from July 2016.
This section describes some of those significant relationships, the activities carried out across the nation during this time and many of the performance highlights per region.
Year one from 1 July 2013
The Scheme trial sites in New South Wales (NSW), Victoria, South Australia (SA) and Tasmania have been operating since 1 July 2013.
- the Hunter trial site – Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, and Maitland Local Government Areas in NSW
- the Barwon trial site – Greater Geelong, Surf Coast, Queenscliffe and Colac-Otway Local Government Areas in Victoria
- the SA trial site for 0 to 14 year olds
- the Tasmanian trial site for 15 to 24 year olds.
Year two from 1 July 2014
The trial sites in the Northern Territory (NT), Western Australia (WA) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) have been operating since 1 July 2014:
- all of the ACT, based on ‘ages and stages’. This means that people with disability enter the Scheme according to either their date of birth or, for school-age children, their academic year.
- the Perth Hills trial site – Swan, Kalamunda and Mundaring local government areas in WA.
- the Barkly region trial site in the NT.
Early transition sites
Based on the positive experience in trial sites, both the NSW Government and the Queensland Government decided to transition into the full Scheme before the end of the trial phase in certain locations
The early transition of the Scheme in NSW Nepean Blue Mountains commenced in four local government areas on 1 July 2015; the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Lithgow and Penrith; for up to 2000 children and young people under 18 years of age who met Scheme eligibility criteria.
Also in year three, on 27 October 2015, the Commonwealth and the Queensland Government signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the early transition of the Scheme for children and young people in the Townsville City and Charters Towers Regional Council Local Government Area and all participants in the Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Local Government Area. Planning commenced from 1 April 2016 for up to 600 participants in the early transition sites in Queensland.