Wednesday, 23 March 2016 14:56

National Disability Insurance Scheme only 100 days away for Victorians

The Commission welcomes the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) across Victoria – now only 100 days away.

The new system will support 100,000 Victorians with a disability, their carers and their families, to get the help they need to live the life they choose.

Under the national scheme, funding will go directly to individuals with disability, who will themselves decide which services or supports to buy, giving them choice and control.

"The NDIS also provides certainty to parents, who can be confident their children will receive the care and support they need throughout their lifetime," said Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley at an event in Burnley today with members of the disability community.

Disability activist and National Disability Insurance Agency board member Rhonda Galbally, one of the designers of the NDIS, spoke about how the scheme will mean that people with a disability can finally plan to live an ordinary life.

The NDIS will be made available progressively across the state over the next three years from 1 July 2016, starting with those living in north-east Melbourne: the local government areas of Banyule, Darebin, Nillumbik, Whittlesea and Yarra.

All participants are expected to have access to the NDIS by 2019, with an extra 25,000 Victorians receiving services for the first time. Full details are available on the NDIS Victoria website.

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