The NDIS represents a significant change in the way in which people with a disability will access support, which will change the way in which service providers do business.
The scheme will increase the number of Victorians with disability receiving support. At full roll out, an estimated 105,000 Victorians will be supported - an increase of 25,000.
Currently, most of the funding for disability services is provided by Government directly to providers, who in turn deliver a prescribed set of services to individuals.
Under the NDIS, the role of the individual will be largely reversed, with individuals exercising choice and control to purchase supports that will most effectively meet their needs.
Over time, disability service providers will move to new arrangements where individualised funding is provided in arrears of service delivery.
It is important that providers begin to consider their approach to service delivery in the context of this reform.
Existing funding arrangements with disability service providers will continue in each area until this transition occurs.
With the sector likely to double in size to meet the increase in demand for support and services, there will be many more opportunities for people wanting to work in disability services.
Preparing for the NDIS
To prepare for the NDIS, disability service providers can:
- Visit the providers page on the NDIS website to learn about registering as an NDIS provider.
- Start thinking about how to work with the NDIS. Consider the opportunities for your business and what you might have to change.
To find out more about what the NDIS will mean for current and future providers, view the full details on the national NDIS website.
The Victorian Government has announced that 16 organisations will share in $10 million in funding to deliver NDIS readiness activities where they are needed most. The transition support has been allocated to a range of diverse organisations representing people with a disability, providers, carers, unions, service users and their advocates. These organisations will work throughout Victoria to identify and deliver practical and targeted resources to help people and providers adapt to the way the NDIS will work.
- National Disability Services Victoria
- Self Advocacy Resource Unit
- Youth Disability Advocacy Service
- Australian Federation of Disability Organisations
- Carers Victoria
- Tandem Carers
- Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council
- Women with Disabilities Victoria
- Young People in Nursing Homes National Alliance
- Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
- Municipal Association of Victoria
- Victorian Healthcare Association
- Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria
- Early Childhood Intervention Australia (Victorian Chapter)
A presentation of the phasing arrangements for the NDIS in the North East Melbourne area, was given to providers on 11 March.
NDIA provider information workshops
The NDIA is continuing to run its core information session for providers.
For full details and to register, visit the events page of the NDIS website.