Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Nulla quis nibh risus. Pellentesque euismod, nisi id porttitor facilisis, enim lectus pulvinar leo, eu placerat elit mauris vitae sem. Quisque sagittis accumsan mi, non tristique orci viverra sit amet. Maecenas ac elit vitae sem scelerisque bibendum. Donec viverra augue mi, quis dapibus libero. Aliquam sit amet pretium orci. Maecenas fermentum lacus non massa sollicitudin tincidunt.

NDIA open for business in Geelong

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Victorian Premier Denis Napthine today opened the new National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) interim head office in Geelong.

Dr Napthine and Mr Abbott were joined by Federal Assistant Minister for Social Services Senator Mitch Fifield and Victorian Minister for Community Services Mary Wooldridge.

The Victorian Government announced that $25 million will be allocated in the upcoming Victorian State Budget to support the establishment of the national NDIA office in the Barwon region.

“This is a wonderful day, not just for people with disability, their families and carers nationally, but also for Geelong,” Dr Napthine said.

“More than 100 jobs are expected to be created in the national office of the NDIA by the end of 2014.

“And around 450 jobs will be created by the combined national NDIA office and the Barwon NDIA office by the time the scheme is fully implemented from July 2016.”

Ms Wooldridge said Victoria is a policy leader in disability services and continues to lead Australia in the delivery of disability services and reform.

“The opening of the NDIA headquarters today is another step towards our commitment to the NDIS, which is expected to support more than 100,000 eligible Victorians by 2019,” Ms Wooldridge said.

“The Coalition Government has long been a champion for a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).”

The Victorian Coalition was the first major political party to back an NDIS, and on coming to Government committed to the scheme and lead its development and design at a national level.

“We have consistently advocated for a better deal for people with disability, their families and their carers,” Ms Wooldridge said.

Member for South Barwon Andrew Katos, Liberal Candidate for Geelong Paula Kontelj and Liberal Candidate for Bellarine Ron Nelson attended the launch and welcomed the announcement.

“This agency will provide a great boost for the region – increase job opportunities and ensure that Victoria can contribute its knowledge and experience in disability policy at a national level,” Mr Katos said.

The NDIA is the independent statutory agency of the Commonwealth Government, established in 2013, to implement the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Its role includes holding the funds contributed by the Commonwealth, State and Territories in a single pool, managing scheme funds, administering access to the scheme and approving the payment of individual support packages.

The upcoming 2014-15 Victorian State Budget will include $190 million over four years to increase supports for 658 people with disability and fund the NDIA headquarters.

 

pdfDownload PDF193.89 KB

Joomla Plugin

Media Releases

Tuesday 04 November 2014

Designers appointed for Melbourne Park redevelopment Stage 2

The Melbourne Park Redevelopment, which is worth more than $700 million has reached another milestone with the appointment of three design firms to deliver the project's second stage, Minister for Major ...

Monday 03 November 2014

Technical advisors appointed for major transport projects

Two of Victoria's landmark infrastructure projects have taken a major step forward with the appointment of Technical, Planning and Engagement Advisors for Melbourne Rail Link and the East West Link – western ...

Monday 03 November 2014

Nine Heritage grants for communities in Victoria

Nine community owned and publicly managed heritage places in Victoria have been awarded grants allowing vital conservation works to take place, Planning Minister Matthew Guy said today.

Monday 03 November 2014

$3 million to make a splash in Eltham

The Victorian Coalition Government will contribute $3 million towards a $15.9 million redevelopment of the Eltham Leisure Centre.

Monday 03 November 2014

Napthine Government delivers 950 PSOs ahead of schedule

The Napthine Government has cemented the Victorian rail network as one of the safest in Australia with today's deployment of PSOs bringing the total across the state to 950.

Monday 03 November 2014

Napthine Government commits to easing pressure of household energy bills

Victorian households will have greater assurance in managing their household budgets with the Napthine Government today committing to strong reforms to the retail energy code if re-elected.

MORE MEDIA RELEASES