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National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

Introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

In May 2013, the State and Federal governments agreed to implement the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) from July 2016. The rollout in outer-eastern Melbourne, including Knox, will commence in November 2017. For more information about the NDIS, please visit the NDIS website.

Council’s Municipal Disability Leadership Role

With the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in November 2017, Council has had to decide how best to support people locally. At its meeting on Monday 27 February, Council resolved to fund a range of initiatives that will make a practical difference on the ground in Knox.

They include improving Council facilities, while helping local groups and various community services become more welcoming and inclusive of people with disabilities. Further information is available in our media release.

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.

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, and will be delivered by an authorised NDIS service provider.

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.

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