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NDIS Bilateral Agreement Signed

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews joined Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull for the signing of the NDIS bilateral agreement

NDIS Bilateral Agreement To Improve The Lives Of Over 100,000 Victorians

Wednesday 16 September 2015 Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing | Premier

The Andrews Labor Government today signed an historic bilateral agreement with the Commonwealth outlining the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Victoria over the next three years.

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

The Labor 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 MCG to celebrate the achievement.

In Victoria, the NDIS will be introduced in stages over the next three years, on a geographic basis, which was determined by:

The first Victorian area to be rolled into the NDIS is North Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, including the local government areas of Banyule, Darebin, Nillumbik, Whittlesea and Yarra, commencing from 1 July 2016. The Central Highlands region will be next in January 2017, with Greater Bendigo to commence in May 2017. The rest of the state will follow in this staged process, with full roll out of the Scheme scheduled for June 2019.

Victorians identified as having urgent needs (such as those on the Mental Health Community Support Needs Register) will be prioritised for access to the Scheme in each geographical area. By 1 July 2019, around 105,000 people will be covered in Victoria including 27,000 people who are new to the disability system, as well as 78,000 people who currently receive support.

To read more about this and the roll-out in Victoria, click here

To access the NDIS fact sheet for people with a disability, families and carers, click here

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