National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
About the NDIS
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of providing support to people with a disability. To access services under the NDIS you must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, so people who are seeking asylum in Australia, and people of Temporary Protection Visas (subclass 785) and Safe Haven Enterprise Visas (subclass 790) are not eligible to receive services under the NDIS. As permanent residents of Australia, people who arrived in Australia as refugees are eligible for the NDIS.
The Victorian Government has allocated funding for Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) for a small number of non-resident children in the 2019-20 budgets. However, the continuation of these arrangements has not been confirmed.
NDIS in Victoria
The NDIS is now fully rolled out in Victoria. For information about the NDIS in different Victorian regions.
Local Area Coordinators (LAC) and Early Childhood Early Intervention
Local Area Coordinators (LAC) are the face of the NDIS in the community. Their role is to assist people to navigate the NDIS. For more information about the LACs and Early Childhood Early Intervention Partners in Victoria.
Access to Language Support under NDIS
TIS National has partnered with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to provide interpreting services for NDIS participants from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. This service will support participants when connecting with registered service providers for funded supports in a participants plan. An NDIS Local Area Coordinator, NDIA Planner or Support Coordinator will support participants who require assistance accessing interpreting services through TIS National.
A participant does not need to have interpreting supports listed as a funded support in their plan to access non-disability related interpreting services.
TIS National requires the NDIA registered service provider who is delivering the funded support to register for a TIS National client code and book an interpreter on behalf of the NDIS participant. Further information.