National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Hobsons Bay


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The NDIS is a National and State Government led initiative that will change the way people with a disability, their families and carers receive support. It will largely replace existing systems of disability care and support. The aim is that participants will have increased choice of services, and greater flexibility of supports.

If you are under the age of 65 and have a permanent and significant disability, you should test your eligibility for the NDIS.

When is the NDIS being rolled out?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) was introduced to Hobsons Bay in October 2018. The NDIS is administered by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).

Am I eligible for the NDIS?

To be eligible for the NDIS, you need to meet eligibility criteria, including:

  • being under 65

  • meeting certain Australian residency requirements

  • having a permanent and significant disability

For more information visit the NDIS access check-list or call 1800 800 110.

Where can I find mind more information about the NDIS?

To find out more information, you can:

Local Area Coordinator (LAC)

The Brotherhood of St Laurence is the local Partner in the Community in the delivery of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) across North East Melbourne, Hume Moreland, Bayside Peninsula, Western Melbourne and Brimbank Melton areas.

The role of the Local Area Coordinator (LAC) is to assist people to navigate the NDIS.  As part of this, they provide planning and coordination for people with disability to maximise the choice and control over the services they use. This includes supporting people with disability to navigate mainstream services and increase their capability to be an active part of their community.

For those who meet Access Requirements, the Local Area Coordinators will assist you to:

Get ready for your plan:

Pre-planning workshops – held at all Brotherhood LAC offices.

Pre-planning packs – can be sent out prior to the planning conversation meeting.

Develop your plan:

Help you to work out your goals and identify the supports you need to help reach those goals. The information gathered will help to develop a plan that meets your needs based on your identified goals.

Get your plan going:

Once your plan has been approved, your Local Area Coordinator will work with you to help you get your supports set up and working. They might help you to set up your MyGov and NDIA portal account and show you how to set up a service booking.

Keep in touch with you, if you need help with your plan:

Your LAC will keep in touch with you and check in to see how things are going once your plan is implemented.

Early Childhood Early Intervention

ECEI is designed to assist families of children under seven years old to access the right supports at the right time, which may include access to the NDIS if appropriate.

The ECEI team also provides information about services in the community that are available to support you.

More information on the role of the ECEI provider is available here..

Support for people who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander

NDIS participants who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander can ask to talk to a member of the BSL NDIS Aboriginal Participation Team.

More information on the Brotherhood of St Laurence's NDIS Aboriginal Participation Team is available here.