The National Disability Insurance Scheme (also called the NDIS) is the new way of providing disability support. The NDIS will provide all Australians under the age of 65 who have a permanent and significant disability with the reasonable and necessary supports they need to enjoy an ordinary life.
The NDIS will help people with disability achieve their goals. This may include greater independence, community involvement, employment and improved wellbeing. As an insurance scheme, the NDIS takes a lifetime approach, investing in people with disability early to improve their outcomes later in life.
The NDIS also provides people with disability, their family and carers with information and referrals to existing support services in the community. By 2019, the NDIS will support about 460,000 Australians with disability.
What is local area coordination (LAC)?
Each region of Victoria has a Local Area Coordinator (LAC)and Latrobe Community Health Service delivers Local Area Coordination to the Inner and Outer East. (as well as other regions)
Local area coordination (LAC) involves preparing communities for the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), through outreach, workshops and community engagement.
Latrobe Community Health Service works to connect people living with a disability to informal and natural supports that are already available in the community. They provide assistance with the planning process, and ensuring plans are implemented effectively.
View their presentation from the March EHN Practitioner Meeting.
Call them on 1800 242 696
With the National Disability Insurance Scheme already rolling out in the Inner and Outer East, we have been gathering resources that will be useful to those practitioners working within the homelessness sector.
Kate Paterson - What is the NDIS?
Peter McGrath - Preparing the workforce
Quick Resource Guide to the NDIS
Accessing the NDIS - Information for the Specialist Homelessness Sector
NDIS Practical Advice - developed by the SRS ROAR Project by SalvoCare Eastern and EACH.
CHP Report May 2017 - : Homelessness and the National Disability Insurance Scheme: challenges and solutions
For more information about the NDIS please contact: www.ndis.gov.au
National Disability Insurance Agency Telephone 1800 800 110
NDIS For people who need help with English TIS: 131 450 For people with hearing or speech loss TTY: 1800 555 677 Speak and Listen: 1800 555 727