The National Disability Insurance Scheme (the NDIS) will provide a new way to help people under the age of 65 with disability get care and supports.
The NDIS will was rolled out in the Gannawarra Shire on January 1, 2019.
In preparation for the NDIS roll out, Council applied for Approved Provider Status with the NDIS. This wass to ensure quality services and a smooth transition will occur for all disability participants in the Gannawarra Shire.
Information sessions about the NDIS were held within the Gannawarra Shire area and neighbouring councils.
Local Area Coordinator and Early Childhood Early Intervention - Intereach
Intereach has been announced as the Local Area Coordination (LAC) and Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) provider for the NDIS in Gannawarra Shire.
As an NDIS partner, Intereach will deliver LAC and ECEI in the Local Government area of Gannawarra.
Local Area Coordination services assist people to navigate the NDIS. This includes providing planning and coordination services to give people with disability choice and control over the services they use. LAC also supports people to navigate mainstream services and become an active part of their community.
ECEI supports children aged 0 to 6 years who have a developmental delay or disability and their families/carers. ECEI works with families to help children develop the skills they need to take part in daily activities and achieve the best possible outcomes throughout their life.
More information about Local Area Coordination services can he found here
Further information on the Early Childhood Early Intervention program can be found here
Intereach can be contacted on 1300 488 226 (toll free) or visit www.intereach.com.au/
To become an NDIS participant a person must:
- Have a permanent disability that significantly affects their ability to take part in everyday activities
- Be aged less than 65 years when they first enter the NDIS
- Be an Australian citizen or hold a permanent visa or a Protected Special Category visa, and
- Live in Australia where the NDIS is available.
The NDIS also provides people with disability, their family and carers with information and referrals to existing support services in the community.
You can find out more about applying for the NDIS by visiting How to apply on the NDIS website or by calling 1800 800 110.
Carers Victoria has a range of introductory information regarding the NDIS, available online from its NDIS Carers Online Program.