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Disability Insurance Scheme Expands To Loddon

Victorians with disability in Loddon are next to transition into the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The roll out begins this week in Campaspe, Central Goldfields, Greater Bendigo, Loddon, Macedon Ranges and Mount Alexander local government areas.

The NDIS will be fully operational across Victoria by mid-2019 and will support more than 105,000 Victorians with disability.

An estimated 5300 people within Loddon are expected to transition to the NDIS, which will see 1450 more people receive support. Loddon is the fourth region to roll out to the NDIS, following Barwon, North East Melbourne and the Central Highlands.

The NDIS supports people with a disability, their families and carers and provides increased independence, giving people greater choice and flexibility over the support they receive. It is the biggest social reform in our nation and will help more people with a disability get a job and participate in our community.

Already 10,000 Victorians are participants in the NDIS and can plan their future with certainty they will get the support they need.

The NDIS is being delivered through a funding partnership between the Commonwealth and the Andrews Labor Government and is transforming the way disability services are funded and accessed. By the time NDIS is fully operational in 2019, the Victorian investment will be $2.5 billion a year.

This week’s Victorian Budget 2017/18 announced an additional $36.3 million to further assist Victorians with a smooth transition to the scheme.

Clients who are currently receiving services from the Labor Government will continue to be able to access these services until they move to the NDIS.

For more information go to www.vic.gov.au/ndis

Quote attributable to Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley

“Victorians in Loddon will get the opportunity to get greater choice and control – as the NDIS rolls out this week.”

Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards

“This week is an exciting week for communities across our region. People with disability will have more options, more choice and greater opportunities to be part of their communities and have better targeted support.”

Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan

“People with a disability and their families deserve to get access to the support they need, when they need it – the NDIS will deliver that.”