The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a national approach to providing individualised support and services for people with a disability.
The NDIS is being rolled out in stages over three years from July 2016 - more than 100,000 Victorians are expected to have transitioned to the scheme by 2019.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will significantly change the way disability services are provided in Victoria, delivering individualised support for people with a disability, their families and carers.
Victorian Regional Readiness Fund (VRRF) grant program
The VRRF grant program helps communities create innovative and place-based responses to workforce and service system challenges as the state transitions to the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
For more information, see the Victorian Regional Readiness Fund (VRRF) grant program page.
NDIS and service providers
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) will be responsible for ensuring NDIS participants receive funding to find and manage the right services for their needs, while providers are paid quickly for the services they deliver.
Organisations or individuals have the option to apply to be a registered service provider with the NDIS. Registered providers must meet the requirements regarding qualifications, approvals, experience and capacity for the approved supports.
For more information about registration for the NDIS, see Providers on the NDIS website.
Supporting clients transitioning to NDIS
To support your conversations with clients, organisations can access the NDIS participant information pack on the NDIS website.
You can also call the NDIA on 1800 800 110.
The NDIS will affect people aged 65 and under who receive the Home and Community Care service (HACC) and Mental Health Community Support Services (MHCSS).
People currently receiving disability support through the Victorian Government will move to the NDIS at different times depending on where they live and the type of support they receive. For area transition times, see Roll out of the NDIS in Victoria on the NDIS website.
People who are already receiving support services from the Victorian Government will be contacted in the lead up to the NDIS being rolled out in their area.
People transitioning to the NDIS may be able to meet the access requirements six months prior to the NDIS being rolled out within that area. See access requirements on the NDIS website.
What if you are over 65?
People who currently receive support from the Victorian Government and are aged 65 or over when first assessed, will transfer to the Commonwealth, where their support will continue under the Commonwealth’s Continuity of Support Programme.
Quality and safeguards
Victoria and the Commonwealth have agreed roles and responsibilities in the transition to the NDIS that ensure quality supports and strong safeguards for people facing this once-in-a-generation change.
Both governments have established working arrangements that outline each of their defined roles. See Registering as a provider on the NDIS website.
There are 2 bilateral agreements between the Commonwealth and Victoria:
- Transition to the NDIS outlines the agreed roll-out of the NDIS across Victoria.
- Transitioning responsibilities for Aged Care and Disability Services outlines the agreed split in responsibilities. This split involves the Commonwealth taking responsibility for people aged 65 years and over and Victoria taking responsibility for people aged under 65.
See Intergovernmental agreements on the NDIS website.