Issued Thursday 31 August 2017
The City of Casey has begun contacting residents who receive disability care services from Council seeking their feedback about the potential impact on services with the soon to be introduced National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
It follows advice from industry experts which recommends that the City of Casey not register to be a provider of NDIS services when it is rolled out to the Southern Melbourne region in September next year.
The NDIS is a key part of the Federal Government’s reform to the provision of disability services throughout Australia.
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.
City of Casey Chief Executive Officer Mike Tyler said while Council was yet to make a final decision on whether to become a service provider, it wanted to ensure that its residents are comfortable with the proposed changes.
“Council is aware that these future changes can create a lot of uncertainty throughout the community, and wants to assure its clients that we will continue to support them in the best way possible,” Mr Tyler said.
“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.”
Council has started to plan for this change, and engaged an industry expert to investigate if it should register to be a provider of NDIS services in the reformed environment. The research undertaken included an analysis of costs and capability, as well as a comparison of what other services are available throughout the community, and legal implications.
The first part of the review is now complete and it has been recommended that Council does not register to be an NDIS service provider. Council will make a formal decision on the NDIS at a Council meeting on Tuesday 19 September 2017.
Should Council decide not to register as a service provider, significant support will be provided to clients to transition to the new arrangements.
Council will host an information session for existing clients, carers and their families on Wednesday 6 September at 6.30 pm in the City of Casey Council Chambers located at the Civic Centre, Magid Drive, Narre Warren.
Council is committed to ensuring that all affected residents have the information that they need and are given ample opportunity to provide feedback.
For more information, you can visit the NDIS webpage.