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All Canberra residents eligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme will transition to the trial in 2016.

It will make the ACT the first territory or state to get the scheme in full.

State and federal disability ministers agreed to the arrangement during a teleconference meeting on Friday.

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The Disability Reform Council also agreed for Queensland to transition to the scheme between 2016 and 2019.

Transition arrangements will not apply to West Australian residents, who are under a different system of support called My Way.

In the lead up to the meeting, the council was urged by advocates to commit to a timeframe for full rollout across the nation, and promise there will be no delay to full launch as scheduled by 2019.

However, ministers at the meeting stressed the importance of careful expansion of the market, so that both providers and its workforce were prepared.

They agreed the transition should be managed cautiously to avoid unnecessary risks.

Plans for the full transition will be agreed to by the end of June 2015.


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