Gld prepares for NDIS

Gippsland is preparing for the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in 2016.

Eastern Victoria MLC Andrew Ronalds described the implementation of the NDIS as one of the biggest reforms since Medicare.

More than 200 service providers attended the NDIS Roadshow in Morwell to learn more about the Barwon NDIS trial site and how to prepare for the changes.

Mr Ronalds said it was critical service providers prepared before the major overhaul of the sector.

“The NDIS is a new way of providing individualised support for people with permanent and significant disability, their families and carers,” Mr Ronalds said.

“What the NDIS will do is put the individual, that is the person with the disability, at the centre of their care.

“They will have the choice as a consumer to decide what services will best meet their needs.”

In Victoria the scheme will cost $5.2 billion a year and will be funded by the state and federal governments.

“The Victorian government has committed to lead and drive the implementation of the NDIS to ensure that people with disability and their families and carers have the lifetime support they need,” Mr Ronalds said.