Transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
The way that people access support for disability is changing.
Historically, Baw Baw residents have received disability support through the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments via a mixture of individualised funding and block-funded services.
This system is being transitioned to the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
What is the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of providing support for Australians with disability, their families and carers. It is funded by a single agency, the National Disability Insurance Agency.
It is different from the current system in that services will be entirely funded on an individual basis. As an insurance scheme, this funding will be paid in arrears, after a service has been provided.
Assistance from the NDIS is not means tested and has no impact on income support such as the Disability Support Pension and Carers Allowance.
Clients aged over 65 will transition to the Commonwealth continuity of support arrangements.
Victoria and the Commonwealth Governments have agreed that clients who are aged 64 at the time of their area’s transition will be prioritised for access.
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 Victorian Government under continuity of support arrangements.
When will the change to NDIS happen in Baw Baw?
The NDIS is being rolled out nationally, with different regions switching to NDIS at different times. This is to ensure that the transition is as smooth as possible.
In Baw Baw Shire, the NDIS will become available from 1 October 2017.
A person may meet the access requirements to become a participant in the NDIS sooner – up to six month prior to 1 October 2017.
Council’s role in the transition
Council is committed to supporting people with and affected by disability. This includes dedicated disability support services, ongoing improvements to the physical environment to make our Shire as accessible as possible to all residents, and making mainstream services and opportunities more inclusive for people with a disability.
To ensure that our residents make a smooth transition when the NDIS is rolled out in October 2017, Council will work closely with the Latrobe Community Health Service (our Local Area Coordinator), the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) so that we can keep our residents up to date with all the information they need.
Although Council has historically responded to gaps in services and delivers good quality support to residents, we are not a specialist provider of disability services.
At this stage, Council is actively considering whether or not to register as a service provider for the NDIS. We are yet to make a decision. It is anticipated a decision will be made mid-2017.
There will be no changes to our current services until the funding we receive for those services moves to the NDIS.
Leading up to and following the roll out, Council will keep our community informed of any development that may affect them, as well as any decisions made about our direct disability services.
Find out more about the NDIS
To find out more about the NDIS transition, visit the National Disability Insurance Scheme website, the Latrobe Community Health Service website, or call the National Disability Insurance Agency on 1800 800 110.