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National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

What is the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new insurance scheme that funds supports required by people with a disability underpinned by principles of choice and control, a lifelong approach to planning and early intervention. The Scheme aims to support participants to increase their independence and social and economic participation by access to mainstream and community services the meet their needs.

Who is the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)?

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is an independent statutory body with the mandate to implement the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in the trial sites across Australia.

NDIA are the contact point to access support. They determine eligibility and allocate resources.

The NDIA is responsible for the undertaking planning with participants. After plans are approved a Local Area Coordinator (LAC) will assist the participant to access the supports identified in their plan from registered providers. There are currently more than 400 registered providers in Barwon (trial area) and this number is growing all of the time.

What is a provider?

This is the new term for the organisations like Monkami Centre Inc who provide support to people with disability under the scheme.

The Geelong NDIA Office

168-170 Little Malop Street

Geelong, Victoria 3220

Who can access the NDIS?

The NDIS is being introduced in stages, because it’s a big change and it is important to get it right and make it sustainable. Existing service users and new participants will enter the scheme progressively.

In Victoria, the NDIS will be rolled out across the state. People currently receiving support through the Victorian Government will move to the NDIS at different times depending on where they live and the type of support they receive.

Eligible clients who have the most urgent need for supports and who are on the Victorian Disability Support Register, or who are on the Early Childhood Intervention Services waitlist, will enter the scheme over the first two years of the transition. Access to a package of supports will be provided no earlier than 1 July 2016.

It is expected to take up to 12 months for eligible people with disability to enter the NDIS once roll out starts in an area. Existing Commonwealth and state-based services and supports will continue until eligible people start their plans with the NDIS.

For information on NDIS in general, please refer NDIS website http://www.ndis.gov.au/ or for information specific to Victoria at http://www.ndis.gov.au/about-us/our-sites/vic