The NDIS Is Coming to Baw Baw from October

Published on 13 April 2017

Media Release

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will become available in Baw Baw Shire and the inner Gippsland area from 1 October 2017.

The NDIS is the new way of providing support for Australians with disability, their families and carers. The NDIS aims to provide Australians under the age of 65 with a permanent and significant disability with the reasonable and necessary supports they need to live an ordinary life. A person may meet the access requirements to become a participant of the NDIS up to 6 months prior to this date.

Clients who are not eligible for the NDIS, such as those aged over 65 or those who do not meet the residency requirements, will continue to receive services funded by the Federal Government under continuity of support arrangements.

Currently, the State Government funds services through a mixture of individualised and block funding. The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) will fund all services on an individual basis.

People currently receiving support through the Commonwealth and Victorian Government will be moving to the NDIS at different times depending on the type of support they are receiving and where they live.

Mayor of Baw Baw Shire Councillor Joe Gauci said the NDIS is a big change and is being progressively rolled out across Victoria over a three year period.

“We will be working with the NDIA, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Latrobe Community Health Service (LCHS) as the Local Area Coordination (LAC) service as the NDIS is rolled out in Baw Baw to ensure that people have all the information they need and their questions are answered,” said the Mayor.

“As a Council group we are still considering whether or not to register as a service provider for the NDIS. It is anticipated that we will have made a decision by mid-2017.

“Whilst Council has historically responded to gaps in services and delivers good quality support services, we are not a specialist provider of disability services. We will inform the community regarding any decisions made about our direct disability services and can assure the community that there will be no changes to our current services until the funding we receive for those services moves to the NDIS.

“If you or members of your family have any questions regarding the NDIS transition we encourage you to come along to an information session.”

Information sessions will be held at the Federation Training Tea Rooms, 116-118 Queen Street, Warragul at:

  • 6.00pm to 8.00pm on Wednesday 26 April

  • 10.30am to 12.00pm on Friday 28 April

Access to the venue is via the Warragul Train Station platform.

The sessions will be delivered by the NDIA in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Latrobe Community Health Services and Council.

For more information about these information sessions or to register your attendance, please RSVP online.

For more information about the NDIS transition please visit our NDIS page.