This letter is about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and its introduction in your local
The NDIS is a new national system that will change the way that people with a disability access the supports they need to participate in the community and to achieve their goals and aspirations.
The NDIS takes a flexible, whole-of-life approach to working with people with disability, their families and carers. The NDIS supports people to develop their individual plans and to exercise choice and control over how, when and where their supports are provided.
The NDIS is being introduced in stages because it is such a large change. The NDIS will start being rolled out in the North East Melbourne Area from 1st July 2016. The North East Melbourne Area includes the Banyule, Nillumbik, Yarra, Whittlesea and Darebin local government areas.
People living in the North East Melbourne Area who currently receive support through the Victorian Government will move to the NDIS at different times depending on the type of support they receive.
You have received this letter because according to our records, you are currently waiting for services on the Disability Support Register, and you reside in the North East Melbourne Area.
The Department of Health and Human Services is working closely with the agency that administers the NDIS, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to ensure people with a disability and their families experience a smooth transition to the NDIS, with minimal disruption to their services and supports.
How you enter the NDIS:
To help people to enter the NDIS as smoothly as possible, the department has collected the contact details of people who are waiting for services on the Disability Support Register (DSR). Your contact details have been provided to the NDlA so that you can start the process of entering the NDIS
The NDlA is hosting a number of information sessions that will provide you with general information about the NDIS and how your first NDIS plan will be developed. Developing your first NDIS plan will involve a conversation with someone who will talk to you about your life, your current supports and needs.
Enclosed is a flyer which contains the detail of the dates, times and location of these sessions, along with how you register to attend. These sessions are an invaluable opportunity to get information on how you will enter the NDIS.
Following these information sessions someone from the NDIA wil contact you by telephone to confirm with you your personal information and that you consent to enter the NDIS.
The NDIS will be the new system for how people access their disability supports across Australia.
To ensure your support needs are met in the future and to make the most of the opportunities through this new Scheme, it is important that you begin the transition to the NDIS and engage with the NDIA when they contact you. You will continue to receive your existing supports and services from the Victorian Government until your first plan with the NDIS is approved.
A fact sheet about the NDIS, the planning process and what you can do to prepare is attached to this letter.
If you have any questions, you are encouraged to go to the NDIS website at www.ndis.qov.au, phone the NDIA on 1800 800 110 or speak to your current service provider or case manager.
Director, North East Melbourne Area
Department of Health & Human Services
30 March 2016