The City of Darebin will be one of the first Local Government Areas as part of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) national roll-out beginning on 1 July, 2016.
We will support individuals, local organisations and services as they transition to this new scheme. We will also take the lead and advocate for change on issues that are outside of our control.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is funded by the Commonwealth Government.
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is the Commonwealth Government Agency that oversees the NDIS.
Under the NDIS, people living with a disability, their families and carers will control the way that their funding is spent – how, when and where. The NDIA will work with people to put supports in place that help them reach their goals.
To be eligible for the NDIS, people will:
- have a permanent disability that significantly affects their ability to take part in everyday activities
- be aged less than 65 when they first access the scheme
- be an Australian citizen, live in Australia and hold a permanent visa or hold a Protected Special Category Visa.
For more information on eligibility, use the access checker on the NDIS website
The NDIS in Darebin
The City of Darebin was among one of five Local Government Areas in the North East Metro Area (NEMA) to take part in the NDIS national roll-out on 1 July, 2016.
Darebin Council will support individuals, local organisations and services as they transition to the NDIS. Council will also take the lead and advocate for change when issues are beyond Council’s immediate control.
Council has been looking at how we can best support people with a disability once the NDIS is implemented. As part of this, we wanted to find out what the community thought about the NDIS - what questions you had, what your concerns were, and how you thought Council should be supporting people with a disability.
We held two community forums in February and March, and ran an online forum to find out what the community thought. You can view a short video clip of the second community forum, or the entire session.
We have also reviewed our disability services to better understand the impacts that the NDIS will have. We have considered how Council can best support people with a disability and their families into the future, and what our strengths are.
Based on all of these factors, including extensive consultation, Council can confirm that it will not be a service provider of direct personal care support under the NDIS. We have heard from the community that Council is regarded as a source of information and as a strong advocate for people with a disability. We are pleased to confirm that we will continue to build on these strengths, and we will continue to provide support to the community as we transition to the NDIS.
Council’s decision means that people who are eligible for the NDIS will need to transition to other service providers once they move onto the new scheme. Council will continue to provide services until this transition takes place.
People who are not eligible for the NDIS will continue to be able to access support through Council.
People over the age of 65 are not affected by these changes.
Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) and the NDIS roll-out in North East Melbourne Area
BSL is partnering with the NDIA to deliver the NDIS in North East Melbourne Area (NEMA), including Darebin, Nillumbik, Yarra, Whittlesea and Banyule. Services in NEMA will start from Friday 1 July 2016.
The Brotherhood of St Laurence will provide three main services:
How to contact the BSL NDIS Team:
Phone: 1300 BSLNDIS (1300 275 634)
Or drop into one of their offices during business hours:
- Banyule and Nillumbik - 65 Main Street, Greensborough
- Darebin - 293 High Street, Preston
- Whittlesea - 1/1 Latitude Drive, Thomastown
- Yarra - 95 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
NDIS information sessions, forums and events: if you are aware of an NDIS event please contact us to have the details listed below.
Building Inclusive Communities Forums: presented by Victorian Inclusive Community Development Network and VALID
The Forums are designed to provide an opportunity for people with disabilities, service providers and community development workers to engage in a range of discussions focusing on community development practice and issues of inclusion and community membership.
When: Tuesday 2 August - 'Greater Expectations', Tuesday 20 September - 'Creating Community' and Tuesday 15 November - 'It Can Happen If... Linking individual and community planning'
Time: 9.30am - 4pm each day
Where: each forum will be held at the Jasper Hotel, 489 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne
Cost: $195 pp/per forum / $525 pp/for 3 forums and $45 concession/per forum
Registration: click here to download the registration form and program outlines
The NDIS regularly run online webinars where people can watch a panel discussion online and contribute questions via email, text message and social media.
To find out when the next webinar is on and how to participate in a live webinar click here.
To access old webinars click here.
Parents invited to NDIS Transportation consultation
The NDIS is exploring how children with disabilities get to school. The NDIS are keen to hear from parents or children who have experience with student transportation.
When:Thursday 28th July, 12pm - 2pm
Where: Suite 2/98 Morang Road, Hawthorn (parking available behind Leonda St or short walk from Hawthorn Train Station)
RSVP: ACD at firstname.lastname@example.org or 9818 2000
NDS NEMA Implementation Groups – Supporting NDIS providers to operationalise delivery under the NDIS through practice based advice and all the latest information on NDIS implementation.
All meetings will be held from 10am – 12.30pm on the following dates:
- Wednesday 30 August – Watsonia RSL
- Wednesday 28 September – Fountain View Room, City of Whittlesea
- Wednesday 26 October – Hurstbridge Community Hub
- Wednesday 30 November – Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre
NEMA CEOs/Senior Management Network – Strategic planning and issue identification for NEMA disability service providers. Please note the limit of one attendee per organisation and updated venues and dates.
When: Tuesday 23 August, Friday 30 August, Tuesday 18 October, Tuesday 22 November and Friday 9 December
Time: all meetings will be held from 10am – 12pm
Where: all meetings will be held at the Watsonia RSL
The Victorian Government has announced that 16 organisations will share in $10 million in funding to deliver NDIS readiness activities where they are needed most. The transition support has been allocated to a range of diverse organisations representing people with a disability, providers, carers, unions, service users and their advocates. These organisations will work throughout Victoria to identify and deliver practical and targeted resources to help people and providers adapt to the way the NDIS will work.
NDIS pre-planning sessions and supports:
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has funded a group of Disability Services Organisations (DSO) to support people with disabilities and their carers to prepare for transition to the NDIS by building up skills and feeling more confident. The following DSOs are offering workshops and peer support sessions:
Peer Action Groups: for people with disabilities, their family members and supports
Further information: to join a local Peer Action Group fill in the registration form or contact VALID at email@example.com or phone 9416 4003
Peer Support to Buy Support
Groups for individuals and their families who are, or soon will be, receiving NDIS funding and want to discuss their experiences.
Further information: contact John McKenna on 0419 877 712
Peer Support workshops for parents and carers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Further information: contact Pamela.Gatos@amaze.org.au or phone 9657 1651
NDISandME Groups: for people with Down Syndrome and their carers
By Down Syndrome Victoria
Further information: sign up to be an NDISandME member by emailing your contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org
More information about the NDIS
Unhappy about the NDIS and not sure who to make your complaint to? Click here for more information
General NDIS information
Interface with mainstream services fact sheets
Changes to the Home and Community Care (HACC) Program
Latest NDIS news and research, collated by the Brotherhood of St Laurence
Resources for participants (people with a disability)
What is the NDIS?
NDIS Easy English fact sheets for participants
My NDIS Pathway - A Guide to being an NDIS Participant
My NDIS Pathway - A Guide to being an NDIS Participant (easy English)
NDIS Tip Sheet for Deaf community
Reasonable and Necessary Supports
NDIS Short Film - Permanent and Significant Disability and Reasonable and Necessary Supports
What if I'm not happy with the NDIS (plain English)
NDIS review and appeals flow chart
The NDIS for Women with Disabilities
Writing Your Plan
Developing your NDIS Plan
Understanding you plan and supports
'Picture My Future' planning toolkit
'It's My Choice' Toolkit
Choosing a service provider
'Choosing a Service Provider'
LinkAssist Community Noticeboard
Resources for parents/families of young children (0 - 12 years old)
NDIS4Kids online resource for families of children with a disability aged 0-6 years of age
Early Childhood Intervention Services transition to NDIS
Raising Children Network NDIS resources for parents of children aged 0 - 6 years
Choosing an NDIS Service Provider for a child aged 0 - 6 years old
Resources for carers - carers cannot join the NDIS, however there are rules which outline how carers should be involved in the assessment and planning of the person they care for. There are also supports available through the NDIS which can help carers in their caring role, either directly or indirectly.
Carers in the NDIS
Peer Conversation Partners
NDIS Carers Checklist
NDIS Guide and Checklist for Mental Health Carers
Resources for service providers
NDS NEMA Readiness Google + Group - An online community for NEMA disability service providers.for service providers to post questions, access presentations from past sessions and identify new opportunities.
NDS NDIS Helpdesk - An online state-wide Q&A forum with the single focus of helping providers successfully transition to the NDIS
NDIS service provider readiness toolkit
NDIS Victoria Provider Information Pack
Disability Services Consulting
National Disability Services (NDS)
Got more questions?
See the answers to some Frequently Asked Questions here.
Please note this information has been sourced from other sources and Council cannot guarantee details will stay the same.