Get ready for the NDIS

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will begin to roll out in Moonee Valley in October 2018.

It will change the way people with disability, their families and carers receive support.

It will give participants more control over how, when and where their support is delivered.

If you are an Australian citizen, permanent resident or hold a Protected Special Category Visa, are under the age of 65 and have a permanent and significant disability, the NDIS will affect you.

Take charge. Get informed. Be ready.

How do I find out more?

There are several ways you can get more information about the NDIS:

For more information or to find out if you may be eligible use the access checker on the NDIS website or call 1800 800 110.

Free information sessions

Council, advocacy organisations and the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) are holding free information sessions and workshops to help people get ready for the NDIS.

For people who are experiencing mental ill health (psychosocial disability)

Guest speakers: Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council

When: Wednesday, 7 March 2018, 2pm-3.30pm

Where: Balcony Room, Clocktower Centre, 750 Mt Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds

RSVP: Monday, 5 March

Afternoon tea will be provided.

Book online or call 9243 1647.

For Mandarin and Arabic speaking communities

Guest speakers: Carers Victoria

When: Tuesday, 17 April 2018, 7pm-8.30pm

Where: Flemington Community Centre, 25 Mt Alexander Road, Flemington

RSVP: Tuesday, 3 April  

Supper will be provided.

Book online or call 9243 1647.

For Vietnamese and Arabic speaking communities

Guest speakers: Carers Victoria

When: Wednesday, 25 April 2018, 10am-11.30am

Where: Wingate Community Centre, 13A Wingate Avenue, Ascot Vale

RSVP: Wednesday, 11 April  

Supper will be provided.

Book online or call 9243 1647 to book.

Families as Planning Partners workshop

Run by the Victorian Advocacy League for Individuals with Disability (VALiD), this free course is designed to assist families of people with disability get up to date on the many changes in the disability services area. It will also assist you get ready for the transition to the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme).

You need to attend all sessions of the day or evening course.

  • Day course
    When: Tuesdays, 13, 20 and 27 February and 6, 13 March, 9.45am-2pm
    Where: Sam Merrifield Library, 762 Mt Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds
  • Evening course
    When: Mondays, 12, 19, 26 February and 5 March, 5.45pm-9pm
    Where: Niddrie Hub Neighbourhood Centre, 3 Matthews Avenue, Niddrie

Please contact Maree Hewitt at VALiD on 0409 965 264 or email maree@valid.org.au for more information or to register.

NDIA community information sessions

These sessions will be delivered by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) staff and partners wanting to raise awareness and understanding of the scheme for potential participants, family, providers and the community.

You only need to attend one session as the same information will be provided.

NDIS information sessions happening in all Victorian locations.

  • Moonee Ponds
    When: Wednesday, 21st February 2018 (multiple sessions)
    Session 1: 9.30am-11.30am
    Session 2: 12.30pm-2.30pm
    Session 3: 6.30pm- 8.30pm
    Where: Clocktower Centre, 750 Mount Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds
    Book online
  • East Keilor
    When: Wednesday, 28 February
    Session 1: 10am-12 noon
    Session 2: 3pm-5pm
    Session 3: 6.30pm-8.30pm
    Where: Burley Griffin Neighbourhood Centre, Park Drive, East Keilor
    Book online

NDIS introduction for service providers 

This information will be delivered by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) staff to start raising awareness and understanding of being a service provider for the NDIS.

When: Wednesday, 28 February, 12.30pm-2.30pm

Where: Burley Griffin Neighbourhood Centre, Park Drive, Keilor East

Register your attendance. 

Who is eligible for the NDIS?

The NDIS may be available to support people who are an Australian citizen, permanent resident or hold a Protected Special Category Visa, are under the age of 65 and who have a permanent and significant disability (including mental health issue or psychosocial disability).

For more information or to find out if you may be eligible visit the NDIS website or call 1800 800 110.

What sort of support can I receive through the NDIS?

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) will fund services it deems reasonable and necessary.

The types of supports that the NDIS may fund for participants include:

  • daily personal activities (home care, personal care)
  • transport
  • workplace help or help finding a job
  • therapeutic supports including behaviour support
  • assistive technology (wheelchairs, walking frames, hoist, hearing aids)
  • home modification design and construction
  • Assistance managing your NDIS funding package (this is known as support co-ordination)

You can find out more about the sorts of supports the scheme will fund by visiting the NDIS website.

How do I access the NDIS?

If you are already receiving disability support services, you will be contacted by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) as the NDIS rolls out to Moonee Valley.

If you are not currently receiving any disability supports, but wish to join the scheme, contact the NDIA and ask to complete an Access Request Form. You can apply to access the scheme from April 2018.

Once you have registered, the NDIA will work with you to develop a plan which focuses on your goals and supports required to achieve these goals. Some plans might be developed over the phone but anyone can request a face to face planning session.

All plans are reviewed yearly, however if your circumstances change significantly, you can request an early review.

How do I make a complaint or get help appealing a decision?

There are a number of resources you can access if you are not satisfied with the NDIA processes. 

What will happen to the Council services I currently receive?

If you currently receive services through Council, you will continue to receive these services until your plan is implemented.

Late last year, Council consulted with more than 130 residents and service providers about the best way for us to support people with disability into the future.

Read the summary report (docx, 244KB).

In early 2018, Council will decide if we will register as an NDIS provider or not. Once this decision is made we will work with everyone currently receiving services and the wider community to ensure they continue to receive the services and supports they need.

Last updated: Friday, 23 February 2018, 1:05 AM