Historic NDIS agreement signed to help people with a disability

Image of Minister Martin Foley with people at the MCG to mark the historic signing of the NDIS bilateral agreement in Victoria.
16 September 2015
Image of Minister Martin Foley with people marking the signing of the agreement at the MCG

On 16 September 2015 the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments signed an historic bilateral agreement outlining the roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in Victoria over the next three years.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews was in Canberra to sign the landmark agreement with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and New South Wales Premier Mike Baird.

The Victorian Government will contribute funding of $2.5 billion per year, with the Commonwealth contributing $2.6 billion, once the scheme is fully implemented – more than doubling the current funding for disability support.

Minister for Housing, Disability & Ageing Martin Foley joined disability advocates and stakeholders at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to celebrate the achievement.

The bilateral agreement will benefit an estimated 105,000 Victorians.

Following the successful Barwon pilot, the NDIS will be rolled out gradually across Victoria over the next three years starting July 1, 2016 in North East Melbourne, including Banyule, Darebin, Nillumbik, Whittlesea and Yarra.

The Central Highlands region will be next in January 2017 and the Greater Bendigo area in May 2017, with the rest of the state to follow. Victorian children under the age of six will receive priority help, in recognition of the developmental needs of young children.

The scheme will provide personalised care and support for people with a disability across the whole of Victoria by 1 July, 2019. 

The signing of the bilateral agreement marks the beginning of the roll out of the NDIS across Victoria and the transition to the NDIS will take some time.

People with a disability will continue to receive existing supports and services from the Victorian Government until they enter the NDIS and the department will assist them and their families through the transition.

More information

You can read more about the NDIS and the bilateral agreements on this website at www.dhs.vic.gov.au/ndis. For further information about the NDIS, the roll out in Victoria and eligibility requirements, visit the NDIS website www.ndis.gov.au/vic 

Image caption: Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing, Martin Foley MP (at right) with disability advocates and stakeholders at the MCG to celebrate the signing of the bilateral agreement.

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