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. This feedback will inform Council’s decision about the role it should play under the NDIS. You can view a short video clip of the second community forum here, or the entire session here.
NDIS information sessions, forums and events: if you are aware of an NDIS event please contact us to have the details listed below
Noah's Ark NDIS Info Session
Information about NDIS options and programs through Noah's Ark.
When: Wednesday 1st June 2016, 6pm - 7.30pm; Saturday 4th June 2016, 10am - 11.30am
Where: Noah's Ark Heidelberg, 9-11 Altona Road, Heidelberg Heights
Registration: Register by calling 1800 819 140 or at the registration page
Disability Loop NDIS Opportunities Workshops
This workshop series has been specifically designed for CEOs, senior managers and board members of community organisations.
When: Wednesday 1st - Thursday 2nd June 2016, 9.30am - 5pm
Where: Jasper Hotel, 489 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne
Registration: places are limited to representatives from community information, capacity building and advocacy organisations. Visit the registration page to sign up.
Our Choice Expo
Information and exhibits about the NDIS for people with disabilities and their supporters
When: Tuesday 7th June 2016, 12pm - 7.30pm
Where: Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre, corner of Bell Street and St Georges Road, Preston
Local service providers are invited to exhibit at the event. To become an exhibitor fill in the registration form or contact VALID 9416 4003, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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).
NDIS Family Readiness workshops to support transition
By Inclusion Melbourne
When: Fortnightly Thursdays - 28 April, 12 May, 26 May and 9 June, 10am - 12pm or 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Daytime workshops at: Macleod Community Hall, 7 Birdwood Ave, Macleod
Evening workshops at: Northcote Town Hall, 189 High Street Northcote
Registration: Places are limited, to book contact Alice Nicholas firstname.lastname@example.org or call 9509 4266
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
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
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
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.