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Disability services - Expression of interest process

The NDIS will mean better outcomes for people with disability who will have greater choice and control over services and decisions affecting their lives.

More people with disability and their families will receive the support they need and deserve for the first time, and it will mean the end of waitlists.

To achieve this goal, the disability sector needs to expand, with more organisations providing a diverse range of disability services.

In December 2015, the Victorian Government announced that it would begin identifying which organisations are best placed to provide disability services currently provided by the State Government.

The next stage for the NDIS in Victoria is to measure the interest and ability of non-government disability service providers to deliver services across the state.

This will be done through an Expression of Interest (EOI) process which has been designed to test whether the strict conditions the Government has set for the future of disability services can be met, and to measure the interest and ability of the non-government sector to deliver services.

Interested parties are being invited to submit an expression of interest on their capacity to meet the Governments strict standards for the following services currently provided by the Victorian Government:

  • Supported Independent Living (SIL): Involves the provision of support in a group home or residential unit for people with disability.
  • Short Term Accommodation and Assistance (STAA): Currently known in Victoria as Facility Based Respite (FBR), this involves the short-term placement of a person in a supported respite service.
  • Early Childhood Intervention Services (ECIS): These are delivered as allied health and specialist early childhood education services to young children with a permanent disability or developmental delay.
  • Behavioural Intervention Services (BIS): Highly specialised, episodic services delivered to individuals with disability displaying behaviours of concern.

There will be no transition of services if the strict conditions the Government has set are not met. These include the requirement that potential providers are able to:

  • deliver high quality and safe disability services; and
  • manage and develop a high quality workforce employed on fair terms.

The Expression of Interest was released on 27 April 2017 and will be open for nine weeks, closing on 29 June 2017. For details about this EOI, please visit the Victorian Government's NDIS website.