5 things you need to know about the NDIS in Victoria

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of providing support for people with disability, it  provides a ‘whole of life’ approach to the support people need to pursue their goals and aspirations.  Individuals will be responsible for administering their own funding and will have complete flexibility with their money and where they spend it, including with in-home disability care agencies and other  in home disability support services.

What are the 5 things you need to know about the NDIS?

1.  What

The NDIS is a progressive way of providing funding for people with disability and their families.  It is flexible, adaptable and future proof and gives people control over their own futures.  After a careful planning process, it allows people to choose what services they want and who will deliver them.

2.  When

The NDIS will be rolled out across Victoria in stages and will be operating state-wide by July 2019, allowing all Victorians to receive quality disability support services in their homes.  It has already been rolled out in the North Eastern Melbourne Region, with more areas to follow.  For residents of metro Melbourne, contact in the NDIS to see when the NDIS will be rolled out in your area.  For residents of regional Victoria, go to the NDIS website to find out when it will be rolled out in your area.
As the scheme is rolled out, those currently receiving Commonwealth and State government funding will be transitioned to the NDIS at different times, depending on the support they receive. To find out if you will be eligible for the NDIS, Am I Eligible page.

3.  Where

The services will be available in regions:

1 July 2016 – 30 June 2017

  • North East Melbourne
  • Central Highlands
  • Loddon

1 July 2017 – 30 June 2018

  • Outer East Melbourne
  • Inner East Melbourne
  • Ovens Murray
  • Inner Gippsland
  • Western District
  • Bayside Peninsula
  • Hume Moreland

1 July 2018 – 30 June 2019

  • Southern Melbourne
  • Brimbank Melton
  • Western Melbourne
  • Goulburn
  • Mallee
  • Outer Gippsland

4.  How

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is working closely with relevant Commonwealth and Victorian government departments to ensure there is a smooth transition to the NDIS for new and existing clients, their families, carers and providers.

5.  What Can I do to Prepare?

If you currently access services, you will be contacted before your area transitions to discuss the process of entering the NDIS.  If you are not currently receiving support, you can contact Colbrow Care to find out how we can help guide you through the process