NDIS in Bendigo
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (or NDIS) is a new government program designed to replace the existing system of supports for people with a disability and their carers in the community. From 1 May 2017, the NDIS will be active in the Bendigo region for people with a disability aged under 65 (or 50 and under for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders).
The NDIS changes how people with disabilities and their carers will access support services and allowances. When the NDIS becomes available in Greater Bendigo, people with a disability and their carers will receive support packages, which they can use to choose the right supports for their care.
If you believe that you or someone you know will be affected by these changes, there are many resources available that may help to answer any questions or concerns you might have. The agency leading the rollout of the scheme, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), have a number of pages and publications available to discuss the general structure of the rollout plan, and answers to frequently asked questions about the transition.
To discuss your eligibility and any other questions about the scheme, please contact the National Disability Insurance Agency on 1800 800 110 (Telephone Text – TTY users phone 1800 555 677, then ask for 1800 800 110) or visit their website – www.ndis.gov.au
If you are under 65 and not receiving services under the NDIS, you may be eligible to receive services from the City of Greater Bendigo under the Home and Community Care Program for Younger People (HACC PYP).
HACC PYP services are targeted to younger people with moderate, severe or profound disabilities and their unpaid carers. Not everyone who is eligible can immediately receive services- the City, similar to all service providers, use priority access guidelines to manage demand for services.
The types of services you could access are:
- Domestic Assistance
- Personal Care
- Food Services (Delivered Meals)
- Planned Activity Groups
- Property Maintenance
- Respite Care
- Friendly Visiting by volunteers
To discuss your eligibility, and to arrange a Living at Home Assessment, please call the Home Assessment Services team on (03) 4408 6580.
If you still have questions about how these changes will affect other City of Greater Bendigo-run projects and programs, you can contact the City for more information on 03 5434 6000, or by email at [email protected]
Upcoming NDIS information sessions and workshops
One way to find out about the different support services available in the Greater Bendigo region is to register for NDIS community information sessions. Information on available sessions can be found at https://www.ndis.gov.au/news/events/vic.html or by checking the City of Greater Bendigo’s events calendar.