National Disability Insurance Scheme

Earlier this month our Community Services Development Consultant attended a seminar on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Speakers at the event included Disability Consultant, Trisha Maloney, NDIS Representative, Alex Gunning and National Disability Services Policy Manager, Sarah.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme was rolled out in the Barwon region on the 1st July 2013.

According to the NDIS website, “The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of providing individualised support for people with disability, their families and carers. The NDIS provides eligible people a flexible, whole-of-life approach to the support needed to pursue their goals and aspirations and participate in daily life”.

Since its roll out, there has been many conflicting stories as to the success of the scheme. Some people report it as having a negative impact on service providers and people with a disability, while others report that it has been nothing less than.

During her presentation, Trisha Maloney presented  some of the schemes more positive feedback saying:

  • The NDIS is the greatest social change in Australia.
  • Lives have been changed because of the NDIS.
  • People are no longer existing, they are now living.
  • Service providers have flourished.

Slowly but surely the NDIS is starting to roll out over other regions within Victoria. As a part of the roll out participants who receive the package have been asked to start thinking about the following areas:

  • What services do you currently receive?
  • What services do you want?
  • What are the gaps between the two?

Answering these questions will not only assist the person to identify what service and or assistance they really need, but also serve to ensure that they ask and receive the funding for it.

The NDIS is scheduled for roll out in the states Western Region from the 1st October 2018.

To assist with the role out throughout the Western region the NDIS will start to employ Field Coordinators with experience in both the Disability and Community Services sector, who will be placed around the region and assist people with a disability through the application process.

Please keep an eye on our social media channels for more information about the NDIS.

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