More than 7,850 Victorians living with disability will start receiving services from the NDIS as it rolls into Goulburn, Mallee and Outer Gippsland.
Acting Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Martin Foley welcomed the final milestone in the successful Victorian roll out of the NDIS.
The NDIS is the biggest social reform since the introduction of Medicare, changing the way disability services are funded and accessed in Australia.
The aim is to give people with disability greater choice and flexibility over the support they receive.
Participants can choose to self-manage their plan and retain complete control over payments, plan expenditure, online claims and record keeping, or have their plan managed by the NDIA or a registered plan management provider.
The Andrews Labor Government has more than doubled its investment to deliver the NDIS to people with disability.
There are an estimated 2,390 people receiving disability support in the Goulburn area. This is expected to increase by 1,110 to 3,500 once the NDIS is fully rolled out in the region.
In the Mallee, an estimated 1,502 people receive disability assistance, with the figure likely to rise by 706 to 2,208.
In Outer Gippsland, there will be an estimated increase of 611 to 2,144 people receiving NDIS support when it fully rolled out.
The NDIS is delivered by a funding partnership between the Commonwealth Government and the Victorian Government. By the time NDIS is fully operational the Victorian investment will be $2.5 billion a year.
For more information go to www.vic.gov.au/ndis.
Quotes attributable to Acting Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Martin Foley
“This marks a crucial stage of the Victorian rollout of the NDIS – and an important milestone for people with disability in the Goulburn, Mallee and Outer Gippsland areas.”
“The NDIS is one of the most significant reforms in Australia’s history – and we won’t stop fighting to deliver the NDIS that was promised by the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison government.”
“We need the right plans, fair and realistic prices for services and a lifting of the NDIA staffing cap so that the 105,000 Victorians with disability get the support and care they deserve.”