Victorians living in the Hume Moreland region will join more than 140,000 Australians already participating in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) from 1 March 2018.
Assistant Minister for Disability Services, Jane Prentice said the roll out of the NDIS in the Hume Moreland region was an important milestone for people with disability, their families, carers and the broader local community.
“I am pleased to announce the continued rollout of the NDIS in Victoria and I welcome people who are existing state clients and other eligible residents into the Scheme,” Mrs Prentice said.
“The NDIS is one of the largest social policy reforms in Australia’s history and is already empowering more than 25,000 Victorians with disability.
According to the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) Market Position Statement for Victoria, the number of people receiving disability support in Hume Moreland is forecast to grow from 4,600 to 7,500 by 2019.
“The NDIS will also create more than 1350 jobs locally and generate local investment which will ensure people with disability have the assistance they need to help them achieve their goals and participate in their local communities,” Mrs Prentice said.
“Over the coming years, an additional $220 million will be injected into the local economy as a result of the NDIS rolling out in Hume Moreland.”
The NDIA is working with Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) and Local Area Coordination (LAC) partners to deliver the NDIS in local communities across Australia. ECEI and LAC partners help participants navigate the NDIS and connect them with other community services, where appropriate.
In Hume Moreland, The Brotherhood of St Laurence will be both the ECEI partner who will deliver ECEI services to children aged zero to six, as well as deliver LAC services in this region too.
Once fully implemented in 2019, the NDIS is expected to support about 105,300 people with disability in Victoria and about 460,000 people nationally. The NDIS is expected to boost the Victorian economy by $2.5 billion and bring more than 140,000 new jobs in disability services to the State.