Member for Farrer Sussan Ley today hosted a local information session into Australia’s new National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), which gets underway in the electorate next month.*
According to Ms Ley “once fully underway, the NDIS is expected to help up to 9,000 local people with a disability, provide $180 million in extra assistance, and create 1000 jobs to help meet demand for services and support”.
“The NDIS is all about choice and control for people managing a disability, recognising everyone’s needs and goals are different.”
- The NDIS is being introduced in stages across Australia over three years (2016 – 2019) and will support about 460,000 Australians with disability.
- The NDIS is the new way of providing support to Australians with disability, their families and carers.
- As an insurance scheme, the NDIS takes a lifetime approach, investing in people with disability early to improve their outcomes later in life.
- NDIS participants include people with intellectual, physical, sensory and psychosocial disabilities.
- The NDIS provides Australians under the age of 65 with a permanent and significant disability with the reasonable and necessary supports they need to live an ordinary life.
- This includes independence, community involvement, education, employment and health and wellbeing. Supports may include personal care and support, access to the community, therapy services and essential equipment.
More informaton is available at Suite 1, 553 David Street, Albury, 9am – 5pm Monday – Friday or phone 1800 522 679.
*The NDIS commences in the Murrumbidgee and Far West health districts from 1 July 2017 – details here.