The City of Darebin was one of the first Local Government Areas as part of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) national roll-out beginning on 1 July, 2016.
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.
Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) and the NDIS roll-out in North East Melbourne Area
BSL is partnering with the NDIA to help roll out the NDIS in North East Melbourne Area (NEMA), including Darebin, Nillumbik, Yarra, Whittlesea and Banyule. BSL will help community members with all stages of their plans.
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:
- NDIS Information sessions for CALD Communities
The information sessions are targeting people with a disability or mental illness, their families, carers and community members from CALD backgrounds. Each session will have the specified language interpreter present. The sessions will cover:
- What is the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
- Accessing the NDIS, how to access it and who can help
- What happens if you’re accepted into the NDIS
- Where you can get more information and support
The following sessions are targeting the Chinese (Mandarin & Traditional Chinese speaking), Somali and Vietnamese communities
When: Monday 10 October, 10am – 1pm
Where: Banyule Community Health, 21 Alamein Road, West Heidelberg
When: Thursday 4 November, 10am - 1pm
Where: Richmond Town Hall 333 Bridge Road, Richmond
Register for Greensborough & Richmond: Contact Carly Donaghey on (03) 5224 5430 or email email@example.com
The following session is targeting the Greek, Italian and Chinese (Mandarin speaking) communities
When: Wednesday 12 October, 10am - 1pm
Where: Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre, corner Bell St & St Georges Rd Preston
Register for Preston: Contact Emma McGoldrick on (03) 8803 5555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Building Inclusive Communities Forum: 'It Can Happen If... Linking individual and community planning'
Presented by Victorian Inclusive Community Development Network and VALID, the Forum is 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 15 November, 9.30am - 4pm
Where: 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 outline
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:
More information about the NDIS
Resources in other languages, Plain and easy English
Support communicating with the NDIA (video)
NDIS Easy English fact sheets for participants
My NDIS Pathway - A Guide to being an NDIS Participant available in Arabic, Hindi, Vietnamese, traditional Chinese, Filipino, Greek, Italian, Macedonian, simple Chinese and Samoan
What are reasonable and necessary supports? (easy English)
What if I'm not happy with the NDIS (plain English)
General NDIS information
Auslan: NDIS explained (video)
Every Australian Counts
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?
My NDIS Pathway - A Guide to being an NDIS Participant
NDIS Tip Sheet for Deaf community
What are Reasonable and Necessary Supports? (video)
The NDIS for Women with Disabilities
Writing Your Plan
Developing your NDIS Plan (video)
Developing Your Plan
Developing your participant statement - adult
Developing you child's participant statement
Understanding your plan and supports
'Picture My Future' planning toolkit
'It's My Choice' Toolkit
Choosing a service provider
Finding and Engaging Providers
'Choosing a Service Provider'
LinkAssist Community Noticeboard
Unhappy about an NDIS related decision?
NDIS review and appeals flow chart
NDIS: Who to make a complaint to
Review of NDIS decisions
Resources for parents/families of young children (0 - 12 years old)
Early Childhood Early Intervention (video)
How the NDIS can help your child guide
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 and Families in the NDIS
Peer Conversation Partners
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
Working with the NDIS - Information for service providers
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 pulled from other sources and Council cannot guarantee details will stay the same.