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National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

Introduction of the NDIS

The roll out of NDIS in outer-eastern Melbourne, commenced on 1 November 2017 and is anticipated to take approximately nine months.
For more information about the NDIS, please visit the NDIS website.

Council’s Municipal Disability Leadership Role

With the introduction of NDIS, Council decided the best way to support people locally was to fund a range of initiatives that will make a practical difference to people with disabilities, their families and carers through the development of the Municipal Disability Program.

This program encompasses a range of programs and initiatives such as:

  • Peer support program for parents and carers
  • Working with early years services to enhance access and inclusion for children with disabilities or developmental delays, their families and carers
  • Working with sporting clubs to increase inclusion of people with disabilities or developmental delays
  • Working with scouting groups to enhance inclusion of people with disabilities or developmental delays
  • Running a women’s leadership program for women with disabilities
  • Improving access to relevant information

For further information contact Council’s Municipal Disability Program Lead on 9298 8000.

Changes to Active Ageing & Disability Services

Participants under 65 years who are currently using services from Council can have contact with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) from 1st November 2017 to determine if they are eligible for services and supports under the NDIS.

Once a participant has been deemed eligible for NDIS, their current services from Council will remain in place until the end of the transition period for the Outer East of Melbourne ( anticipate this will be between July and October 2018) under an “in kind” agreement between Council and the NDIA. Once the transition period has ceased , participants will then need to find an alternative service provider as Knox Council will be not providing services under NDIS.

Current services will remain in place until the participant has been assessed as eligible for the NDIS and their individual support plan is developed and approved. All the disability services and supports a participant are using (including those from Council) will need to be included in their NDIS support plan.

Council is committed to working closely with our participants to ensure a smooth transition to the NDIS, and support is available to assist through this transition period.

Participants under 65 years who are deemed not eligible for services and supports under NDIS will continue to receive services under the State funded Home and Community Care Program for Younger People (HACC-PYP).

For further information contact Council’s Active Ageing and Disability Services on 9298 8000, or the NDIA on 1800 800 110.

Latrobe Community Health and Link Health and Community

Latrobe Community Health

Latrobe Community Health are the partners with the NDIA and provide the planning and community connection
services as part of NDIS. They also assist in preparing communities for the rollout of the NDIS through outreach,
workshops and community engagement.

Latrobe Community Health works to connect people living with a disability to supports in their community and to
provide assistance with the planning processes and to ensure that NDIS plans are implemented effectively.

Latrobe Community Health have opened a new office in Bayswater and will be offering regular information session during 2018.

Dates for 2018 will be updated when available.

For further information, please email Outer.East.LACMelb@ndis.gov.au or call 1800 242 696.

Link Health and Community – Early Childhood Early Intervention

Link Health and Community is the community partner delivering Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) services for children aged 0-6 across Eastern Melbourne and Inner Gippsland for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

You can access Early Childhood Early Intervention support if your child is 0-6 years old and:

  • You have concerns about your child’s development, or
  • Your child has a disability

Link Health and Community can support your family to make informed choices about available services and supports to get the best outcomes for your child.

Contact Link Health and Community on 1800 546 532 or email ecei@linkhc.org.au to:

  • Connect with services and support in your local community
  • Receive short term interventions
  • Get help to make an NDIS plan if needed

Families can contact Link Health and Community directly or may be referred.

Additional Information

For further information about NDIS and how to access it, please look at the NDIS Fact Sheet link below or contact.

National Disability Insurance Agency

  • Address GPO Box 700, Canberra ACT 2601
  • Phone 1800 800 110
  • Website ndis.gov.au

National Disability Insurance Agency - Boronia

  • Address 3 William Street, Boronia Victoria 3155
  • Phone 1800 800 110
  • Hours Open Monday to Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm

Latrobe Community Health

  • Address Shop 32 and 33 Mountain High Shopping Centre, 7-13 Mountain Highway, Bayswater Victoria 3153
  • Phone 1800 242 696
  • Website lchs.com.au

Link Health and Community - Early Childhood Early Intervention

  • Address 607 Canterbury Road, Vermont Victoria 3133
  • Phone 1800 546 532
  • Website linkhc.org.au

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