National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

The NDIS rolled out in October 2018. Information about the NDIS can be found on the NDIS website or by phoning 1800 800 110.

What is the NDIS?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme, or NDIS, is a completely new, Australia-wide way of funding disability services and supports. It is a uniform national scheme and will increase overall funding for disability services.

The most significant change is that the NDIS provides funding to people with a disability based on their individual needs, rather than block funding to organisations to provide disability services. This gives people with a disability control over the 'how, when, what and where' of accessing the services they need or want.

All eligible Australians are legally entitled to NDIS funding for all "necessary and reasonable" supports.

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.

To support this larger cohort of clients, annual federal government expenditure on disability services is expected to more than double in the region, growing from the current annual spend of $100 million to $350 million by June 2019.

Who can 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.

How will participants be assessed for the NDIS?

There are two assessment processes: an eligibility assessment to determine whether someone is eligible for funding; and, if they are, a planning assessment to determine their goals and aspirations and help them design a funding package tailored to their needs and meeting their goals.

Will NDIA contact eligible participants about the NDIS?

Those who are eligible should be contacted by the NDIA as they roll out the scheme in Melton. However, you are also able to contact the agency to record your interest. It is expected to take up to 12 months for eligible people with disability to enter the NDIS once roll out starts. Existing Australian Government and State Government services and supports will continue until eligible people start their plans with the NDIS.

When does the NDIS roll out in Melton?

The NDIS will be rolled out in Melton from October 2018. When this occurs, a proportion of Council's current clients under the age of 65 years will transition to the NDIS.

Council will play a role in preparing current clients and the wider community to transition to the NDIS.

Who is delivering the NDIS?

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is the independent Commonwealth government agency responsible for implementing the NDIS.

The NDIA:

  • Helps empower and inform people with disability to be confident consumers.
  • Provides information and referrals, links to services and activities, individualised plans and where necessary, funded supports to people over a lifetime.
  • Provides service providers with clarity and transparency so they can grow their business and respond to need.
  • Raises community awareness and encourages greater inclusion and access for people with disability to mainstream services, community activities and other government initiatives.

The NDIA is partnering with the Commonwealth, State and Territory governments and well known community organisations to deliver the NDIS in your local area.

How will the NDIS work?

If you are eligible, you will be involved in developing your own plan, tailored to your needs and designed to help you achieve your goals.

You will receive funding on an annual basis to buy the services, aids and equipment that you have been assessed as needing – all from a service provider/s of your choice.

If you choose to manage your own NDIS funding, these will be paid into your nominated bank account. Alternatively, you can ask the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), which administers the NDIS, to manage your funding for you.

What services will the NDIS support?

The NDIS will help provide supports and services that will help individuals to:

  • Achieve their goals
  • Become as independent as possible
  • Develop skills for day-to-day living
  • Participate in the community
  • Work and earn money.

These services and supports can take many forms. They may be based around enhancing mobility, communication, self-care and self-management and capacity for economic and social participation.

When an individual develops their NDIS plan, they should consider all their daily activities and the aids, equipment, training and/or support that would make life easier, whether or not they currently receive these.

Where can I get more information about the NDIS?

There is a lot of useful information, including stories and videos of people’s experiences on the NDIS website www.ndis.gov.au

How do I find out more?

For more information about the NDIS in Victoria you can call the NDIA on 1800 800 110 or visit the NDIS website. You can also subscribe to the NDIS e-newsletter for the latest news and information about the scheme.