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.

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 or your Local Area Coordination or Early Childhood Partner 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.

Local Area Coordination and Early Childhood Partners

The Brotherhood of St Laurence are the Local Area Coordination and Early Childhood Partners for Moonee Valley.

Local Area Coordination

Local Area Coordinators have three key roles:

  • They will link you to the NDIS
  • Link you to information and support in the community
  • Work with their local community to make sure it is more welcoming and inclusive for people with disability

Early Childhood Partners

Early Childhood Partners deliver Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) services under the NDIS. The ECEI approach supports children aged 0-6 years who have a developmental delay or disability and their families/carers. Early Childhood Partners are experienced in providing early childhood interventions services and support families to help children develop the skills they need to take part in daily activities and achieve the best possible outcomes throughout their life.

Visit the NDIS website for more information about Early Childhood Early Intervention support under the NDIS.

If you require assistance from your Local Area Coordination or Early Childhood Partner contact The Brotherhood of St Laurence by calling 1300 275 634 for NDIS enquiries and 1300 275 323 for ECEI enquiries.

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. 

Council services and the NDIS

With the upcoming introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to Moonee Valley in October, we been reviewing how we can best support our community.

What has been decided?

At the Council Meeting on Tuesday, 12 June, Council decided that we would continue to provide Home and Community Care Program for Younger People (HACC-PYP) services and that we would not register to become a NDIS service provider.

This decision aims to provide continuity of care for our clients, including those who are not eligible for the NDIS.

What does this mean for Council support services?

We will continue to provide HACC-PYP services as usual.

When the NDIS is introduced in October, we will support eligible clients to transition to the scheme and continue to provide HACC-PYP services to clients who are not eligible for the NDIS.

Council has decided not to register to become a NDIS service provider. This means that if you are eligible for the NDIS, you will need to find a NDIS service provider to deliver your services.

Your existing supports will remain in place until the beginning of your NDIS plan. If you want to keep receiving Council services throughout this period, you need to include them in your NDIS plan.

It is expected that the transition to the NDIS will be complete by June 2019.

Where can I find out more?

If you have any further questions about services, please call our Community Strengthening team on 9243 8888. If you have any questions on the NDIS more broadly, you can visit the NDIS website or call the National Disability Insurance Agency on 1800 800 110.

Last updated: Tuesday, 13 November 2018, 5:00 AM