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 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.
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?
The City of Casey has engaged an Industry expert and their recommendation is that Council does not register to be a NDIS service provider at this stage. 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 Council be holding information sessions?
An information session for existing clients, their carers and families will be held on Wednesday 6 September, 6:30 – 7:30 pm in the Council Chambers at the Civic Centre, Magid Drive, Narre Warren.
Please RSVP to NDISfeedback@casey.vic.gov.au and let us know if you require translation, Auslan or other assistance.
What happens next?
- Council will make a decision on registering as a NDIS service provider at the 19 September 2017 Council meeting.
- There will be more opportunities in the future for clients, carers and their families to help shape the role Council plays to support people with a disability.
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 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.
- 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, or
- You can test your eligibility any time between now and 1 September 2018.
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 service provider best suits your needs.
If I’m not eligible for the NDIS will I continue to receive services from Council?
- Council will continue to provide high quality services for residents aged under 65 (under 50 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) 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) who currently receive services as part of the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) delivered by Council.
- There will also be opportunities in the future for clients, carers and their 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.