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 will be one of the first Local Government Areas as part of the NDIS national roll-out beginning 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 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.
NDIS information sessions, forums and events: if you are aware of an NDIS event please contact us to have the details listed below
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 9416 4003
Peer Support to Buy Support
Online web forum for people who are interested in sharing innovative ideas on support services.
Further information: contact John McKenna on 0419 877 712 (Wednesday to Friday).
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
Connect workshops: for parents and carers of children with a disability aged 0 - 18 years old
By Association for Children with a Disability (ACD) - CONNECT is a free peer support network for families seeking to manage their own supports and make the most of the NDIS to go beyond traditional disability pathways.
Further information: contact ACD phone 9818 2000
NDISandME Groups: for people with Down Syndrome and their carers
By Down Syndrome Victoria
Further information: sign up to be be an NDISandME member by emailing your contact details to email@example.com
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)
NDIS Victoria Participant Information Pack
NDIS Easy English fact sheets for participants
'Getting Plan Ready' template
'Picture My Future' planning toolkit
'Choosing a Service Provider'
'It's My Choice' Toolkit
The NDIS for Women with Disabilities
Reasonable and Necessary Supports
What if I'm not happy with the NDIS (plain English)
NDIS review and appeals flow chart
LinkAssist Community Noticeboard
Clickability: Australian Disability Service Reviews
NDIS Short Film - Permanent and Significant Disability and Reasonable and Necessary Supports
Resources for carers
Find supports and services near you
Carers in the NDIS
Peer Conversation Partners
NDIS Carers Checklist
Mental Health Carers NDIS Guide
Early Childhood Intervention Services transition to NDIS
Raising Children Information on the NDIS
Resources for service providers
NDS NEMA Readiness Google + Group - An online forum for service providers to post questions, access presentations from past sessions and identify new opportunities.
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. Council cannot guarantee details will stay the same.