Council supports community as NDIS rolls out in Hume

One of the most significant social reforms in Australian history, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), will be rolled out to the Hume-Moreland region from March 2018.
Hume City Council is already working closely with residents living with a disability, local providers of disability services and its own staff to ensure a smooth transition to the scheme.
Hume Mayor, Councillor Drew Jessop, said the NDIS rollout would greatly improve the availability and funding of services and support for people with a disability.
“Once fully operational, the NDIS is expected to be providing support to 7,500 people residing in the Hume-Moreland region,” Cr Jessop said.
“Similar to other councils within Victoria, Hume City Council has resolved that it will not become an NDIS provider and will fund a range of new initiatives that seek to make a practical difference to the lives of people with a disability.
“We are now working closely with our workforce to ensure the rollout of the scheme causes minimal disruption. What I do know is that there will be no redundancies or job losses as a result of this decision.
“While Council is not best positioned to provide services under the NDIS, it is keen to focus its efforts on ensuring that people with a disability are able to participate in all aspects of Hume community life.
“Council has identified a range of actions that aim to improve access to facilities and services, remove barriers to learning and employment, and foster respect and inclusion of people with a disability.
“We are genuinely advocating for people with a disability and working with local groups, businesses and community services to become more welcoming and inclusive of people with disabilities.
“This Council will also play a key role in supporting clients, carers and families to transition to the NDIS.”

Key facts:

  • The NDIS will be available to people under 65 years of age who have a permanent and significant disability. Not all clients currently receiving services from Council will be eligible for the NDIS.
  • Council will continue to deliver services to clients who are not eligible for the NDIS.
  • NDIS eligible clients will continue to receive services from Council, until they transition to the NDIS. It is expected to take up to 12 months for eligible people to enter the NDIS once rollout starts in 2018.
For more information, please visit www.hume.vic.gov.au/ndis

Posted on 9:00 AM, 21 June 2017


Updated : 4:36 PM, 21 June 2017

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