The NDIS is here and Outlook is NDIS ready
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a national no fault insurance scheme designed to increase choice and control and therefore increase independence for people with disabilities.
Whether you need a little personal support, help finding employment or better access to the community you live in, the NDIS is all about empowering your independence. People who qualify for NDIS funding will be able to choose which services they want and who delivers those services.
Outlook's extensive background and experience in the community and disability sector guarantees we can help you transition into the NDIS and its model of choice and independence.
When will the NDIS be available in my area?
The NDIS rollout dates are as follows:
1 July 2016: North East Melbourne (Yarra, Banyule, Darebin, Nillumbik and Whittlesea)
1 January 2017: Central Highlands (Ararat, Ballarat, Golden Plains, Hepburn, Moorabool, Pyrenees)
1 May 2017: Loddon (Campaspe, Central Goldfields, Greater Bendigo, Loddon, Macedon Ranges, Mount Alexander)
1 October 2017: Ovens Murray (Alpine, Benalla, Indigo, Mansfield, Towong, Wangaratta, Wodonga)
1 October 2017: Inner Gippsland (Bass Coast, Baw Baw, Latrobe, South Gippsland)
1 October 2017: Wimmera South West (Corangamite, Glenelg, Hindmarsh, Horsham, Moyne, Northern Grampians, Southern Grampians, Warrnambool, West Wimmera, Yarriambiack)
1 November 2017: Inner Eastern Melbourne (Boroondara, Manningham, Monash, Whitehorse)
1 November 2017: Outer Eastern Melbourne (Knox, Maroondah, Yarra Ranges)
1 March 2018: Hume Moreland
1 April 2018: Bayside Peninsula (Bayside, Frankston, Glen Eira, Kingston, Mornington Peninsula, Port Phillip, Stonnington)
1 September 2018: Southern Melbourne (Cardinia, Casey, Greater Dandenong)
1 October 2018: Brimbank Melton
1 October 2018: Western Melbourne (Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong, Melbourne, Moonee Valley, Wyndham)
1 July 2019: Mallee(Buloke, Gannawarra, Mildura, Swan Hill)
1 July 2019: Goulburn(Greater Shepparton, Mitchell, Moira, Murrindindi, Strathbogie)
1 July 2019: Outer Gippsland(East Gippsland, Wellington)
For more information refer to the NDIS in Victoria website.
Am I eligible for the NDIS?
Eligibility for the NDIS depends on where you live and the nature of your disability.
To access the NDIS, you must:
- live in an NDIS trial site or transition area
- have a permanent disability that
- reduces your ability to participate effectively in activities, or perform tasks or actions, unless you have support, and
- affects your capacity for social and economic participation, and
- means you are likely to require support under the NDIS for a lifetime.
You must also be:
- an Australian citizen, or
- the holder of a permanent visa, or
- hold a Protected Special Category Visa, and
- be aged under 65.
A checklist is available on the NDIS website.
Who can help me plan for the NDIS?
Planning is the key to a successful journey and although we would definitely recommend you involve a family member, close friend or advocate to help you in this process, Outlook has a dedicated NDIS Support Coordinator that can guide you on your way to independence.
The NDIS Support Coordinator will help you to understand and implement your new NDIS plan, assist you to choose and connect with service providers, link with the community and mainstream services, maintain the service agreements and help you to achieve your goals.
You can feel confident as Outlook support coordination operates independently of the other support services we provide. We'll work with you to choose the best services and service providers for you, not us.
The NDIS Support Coordinator can be contacted directly on 0439 576 253, via 5941 1535 or by email.
What NDIS services and activities does Outlook provide?
Outlook Disability Services has two main streams, STEPS to Participation and STEPS to Independence and Employment.
STEPS to Independence and Employment is our service that provides a realistic pathway to achieving future employment through further education training or future opportunities for volunteering and work trials. This service suits school leavers with a disability who need a little help preparing for and finding employment, want to gain skills to prepare for training or further education, or perhaps just help to find a voluntary role. We can also assist with general life skills like budgeting, accessing the community or using public transport.
Our STEPS to Participation service is all about getting you out and about. Outlook will help you to access and get the most out of your local community. Whether you want to meet new people, try something new or just have a little extra fun, Outlook can help. Ever wanted to try fishing perhaps? Maybe catch a movie or even go on a holiday, STEPS to Participation is all about getting you involved in the things you want to do.
More information is available on the STEPS to Participation pages.