Giving Victorians with a disability the NDIS support they deserve

Victoria’s transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme takes a major step forward from July 1 2019 with new laws to protect Victorians living with a disability coming into effect.

The full-scheme NDIS agreement with the Commonwealth also starts from July 1 2019, with Victoria contributing $2.51 billion in 2019-20, and the Commonwealth paying the balance of all scheme costs.

Under the bilateral agreement, the Commonwealth agreed to Victoria’s demand to quarantine accumulated but unspent funds, estimated to be $780 million, for Victorians with a disability.

The Commonwealth has also agreed to Victoria’s demand to address problems being experienced when NDIS clients require other mainstream Victorian services, in particular:

  • Establishing a dedicated hospital liaison function to address the number of NDIS clients stuck in busy hospital wards who are clinically ready to be discharged but can’t leave due to NDIS delays
  • A shared approach to managing children with complex disabilities in the NDIS who are being relinquished into residential care by parents unable to cope with complex behaviours.

While the agreement gives much-needed certainty to Victorians with a disability, their families and service providers, it doesn’t alleviate all of Victoria’s concerns with the way the NDIS rollout has been managed.

The underutilisation of client plans and the pricing for services will be subject to review, and a world-leading National Disability Research Partnership will be developed in consultation with people with a disability.

The Victorian Government’s strong protections for people with a disability will also be maintained after the Disability (NDIS Transition) Amendment Act was passed by the Victorian Parliament in June 2019 and takes effect from July 1 2019.

With about 105,000 Victorians with a disability expected to participate in the NDIS when the transition is complete, this legislation enshrines safeguards including the use of restraints in disability care and the rights of people with a disability in the rental housing market.

Source: Vic Government