National Disability Insurance Scheme

What is the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)?

The NDIS is a new way of delivering services and support to people with a permanent disability in Australia. By July 2019, it is estimated that 105,000 Victorians will have transitioned to the scheme. This includes 76,000 people from the existing Victorian specialist disability and mainstream systems.

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is the independent agency responsible for implementing the NDIS. The NDIS will be rolled out progressively in Victoria over a three-year period from 1 July 2016.

Under the NDIS, people with a disability, their carers and families will have control over how, when and where their funding is spent. The NDIA will work with participants to make sure they have supports in place to meet their goals.

When does the NDIS roll out in the City of Casey?

The NDIS will roll out in the City of Casey from 1 September 2018.

Will Council become an NDIS provider?

No.

At the 19 September 2017 Council meeting, Council formally decided not to register as an NDIS service provider.

To make this decision Council sought advice from industry experts who recommended that Council did not register to be an NDIS service provider. Council also sought feedback on this recommendation from clients, their carers and families.

This recommendation is based on:

  • Lack of ability for Council to subsidise the cost
  • Difficulty for Council to provide services in a competitive market driven environment
  • Difficulty complying with National Competition and Competitive Neutrality legislation
  • Availability of providers in the local marketplace

Will their be NDIS information sessions?

Yes.

NDIS information sessions will be run across various locations within the City of Casey. These sessions are organised by the NDIA and the Local Area Coordinator (LAC). Council will advertise these sessions once the days/times have been confirmed. It is anticipated the information sessions will commence in May/June 2018.

What happens next?

  • There will be more opportunities in the future for the community to help shape the role Council plays to support people with a disability.
  • Council will be employing an NDIS Transition Officer to assist current City of Casey clients to prepare for and test their eligibility for the NDIS.

Am I eligible to access the NDIS?

To be eligible you must:

  • Live in an area where the NDIS is available
  • Meet the age and citizenship requirements
  • Meet either the disability or early intervention requirements

To check your NDIS eligibility, visit the Access Checklist on the NDIS website.

If I am eligible, what will change?

That depends on when you test your eligibility.

You can:

  • Test your NDIS eligibility now and commence transitioning to the NDIS if you are eligible, or
  • Continue to receive your Council services and test your eligibility from 1 September 2018 when the NDIS rolls out in Casey.

You will continue to receive the same level of service while you transition to an NDIS plan. Once transitioned to an NDIS plan, you will have choice and control over which NDIS service provider best suits your needs.

If I’m not eligible for the NDIS will I continue to receive services from Council?

Yes.

  • Council will continue to provide high quality services for residents aged under 65 (under 50 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples) who have a disability and are not eligible for the NDIS.
  • Residents aged 65 and over (50 and over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples) who currently receive services as part of the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) delivered by Council can continue to receive services.
  • There will also be opportunities in the future for clients, their carers and families to help shape the role Council plays to support people with a disability.

Who are NDIS service providers in Casey?

Lists of registered NDIS service providers sorted by state, service group or name are listed on the NDIS website.

Where can I go to get support?

For more information:

  • Call the City of Casey Community Care team at any stage to discuss your services on 9705 5444.