What is the NDIS?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (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 families and carers 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.
Who can 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 NDIS eligibility, visit the Access Checklist on the NDIS website.
When does the NDIS roll out in the City of Casey?
The NDIS will be introduced to the Southern Melbourne region including the City of Casey municipality from 1 September 2018.
Will Council become an NDIS provider?
Council is undertaking a service review to determine if it will become a provider with a decision to be made by Council in late 2017.
How will the NDIS affect you?
Council provides high quality services and will continue to do so for residents aged under 65 (under 50 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) who have a disability and are not eligible for the NDIS.
Some people who are under 65 (under 50 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) who receive services may transition to the NDIS if they are eligible. NDIS eligible people who are currently receiving services with the City of Casey will continue to receive the same level of service while they transition to an NDIS plan.
Those aged 65 and over (50 and over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) will continue to receive services as part of the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) delivered by Council.
For further information about the NDIS in Victoria you can call the NDIA on 1800 800 110 or visit the NDIS website.
You can also subscribe to the NDIS e-newsletter for the latest news and information about the scheme.