Council Responds to National Disability Insurance Scheme

Issued Monday 25 September 2017

The City of Casey has begun contacting residents who receive disability care services from Council following its decision to not apply to be a provider under the soon to be introduced National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

It follows advice from industry experts that recommends the City of Casey not register to be part of the NDIS when it is rolled out to the Southern Metropolitan Melbourne region in September 2018.

City of Casey Mayor Cr Sam Aziz said the decision was based on expert advice that concluded Council could not compete with the high number of local specialist providers delivering services directly to clients.

“The expert advice was clear that Council could not deliver services at the rates required by the NDIS and it was prevented from subsidising services in a competitive market,” Cr Aziz said.

“Council is not a specialist disability provider, however Casey is fortunate to have many reputable service providers in our community.”

Cr Aziz said Council would now focus on supporting clients who currently receive services from Council to transition to the new scheme.

“The major change introduced due to the NDIS, is the way that funding will be administered as it will now go directly to the person or their carer, rather than the service provider. By receiving this funding directly, the person has a greater say over the services they receive, who they receive them from and when.

“From now until September 2018 we will work closely with our clients to make the transition as smooth as possible.”

Cr Aziz said the decision would not result in any immediate impact to client’s services or job losses for Council staff.

Council will now start the next stage of work to consider what role Council may play in supporting people with a disability in our community and the types of services Council may choose to deliver.

The NDIS is a new way of delivering services and support to people with a permanent disability, their carers’ and their families. It fundamentally changes the way people will access their disability services in the future, as well as the way service providers will do business.

The NDIS is a key part of the Federal Government’s reform to the provision of disability services throughout Australia.

For more information on Council’s decision visit the NDIS webpage.