The NDIS was progressively rolled out across Queensland over three years from July 2016 to June 2019. Under the NDIS the number of Queenslanders receiving disability supports is expected to double to around 97,000 by 2019. This was expected to create up to 13,000 additional full-time jobs, and inject approximately $4 billion per year into the Queensland economy between 2016 and 2019.

The Bilateral Agreement between the State and Federal Governments detailed the three-year rollout of the NDIS across the State, and included:

July 2016 to June 2017

  • Townsville, Hinchinbrook, Burdekin, west to Mount Isa, and up to the gulf
  • Mackay, Isaac and Whitsundays
  • Toowoomba and west to the borders

July 2017 to June 2018

  • Ipswich, Lockyer, Scenic Rim and Somerset
  • Bundaberg
  • Rockhampton, Gladstone and west to the borders, and

July 2018 to June 2019

  • Logan and Redlands
  • Cairns, Cassowary Coast, Tablelands, Croydon, Etheridge, Cape York and Torres Strait
  • Brisbane suburbs north of Brisbane River
  • Brisbane suburbs south of Brisbane River
  • Fraser Coast, North Burnett, South Burnett and Cherbourg
  • Gold Coast and Hinterland
  • Moreton Bay including Strathpine and Caboolture
  • Sunshine Coast, Noosa and Gympie