What is the NDIS?
The NDIS is a national program that will provide a new way of delivering services and support for people with permanent and significant disability in Australia.
With the NDIS, people with disability can choose supports and services to meet their individual needs, rather than have to fit into a one-size-fits-all system.
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is the independent agency responsible for implementing the NDIS.
NDIS roll out in Victoria
The NDIS will be rolled out progressively in Victoria over a three-year period from 1 July 2016.
By July 2019, it is estimated that 105,000 Victorians will have transitioned to the scheme. This includes 76,000 clients from the existing Victorian specialist disability and mainstream systems. With time, these systems will be replaced by the NDIS.
The staged roll out of the NDIS in Victoria is based on a range of factors including:
- The number and needs of adults and children with a disability (existing Victorian disability clients) living in the area,
- The time to get the right support and services in place; and,
- National and local experience to date with NDIS trials.
Here's when the NDIS will be coming to your area.
Who can access the NDIS
The scheme is available to Victorians who meet the following requirements:
- are an Australian citizen, live in Australia and hold a permanent visa or hold a Protected Special Category Visa
- are aged less than 65 when they first access the scheme
- have a permanent disability that significantly affects their ability to take part in everyday activities.
Early intervention supports
To meet the NDIS early intervention rules, you need to:
- have an impairment or condition that is likely to be permanent (lifelong); or
- be a child under 6 years of age with a developmental delay and the delay means you usually need more help with your self-care, communication, learning or motor skills than another child of the same age.
Early intervention supports provided by the NDIS are those not provided by any other services such as health and education.
You may be eligible for early intervention supports if it will:
- reduce the impact of your impairment or condition or developmental delay?
- stop the impact of your impairment or condition from getting worse?
- strengthen your informal supports, such as helping a carer to keep supporting you?
For more information, view the NDIS access checklist for eligibility requirements.
NDIS Implementation Taskforce
The Implementation Taskforce provides a forum for people with disability and other key stakeholders to work closely with the Victorian Government on the implementation of the NDIS. The Implementation Taskforce will meet every two months in 2016.
Victorian Government Investment in NDIS
To support the transition to the NDIS, the Victorian Government will provide $10 million to support Victorians with disabilities, their families, service providers and staff. By 2019, Victoria will be investing $2.5 billion per year into the NDIS scheme.
The Victorian Government signed the Bilateral NDIS Agreement with the Commonwealth Government on Wednesday 16 September 2015.
There is a clear plan for rolling out the NDIS across Victoria from 1 July 2016.
You can read more about the agreement and the Premier's media release here: www.premier.vic.gov.au/media-centre