The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a once-in-a-generation reform.
It will mean better outcomes for people with disability who will have greater choice and control over the services and decisions affecting their lives. 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 it would start identifying which organisations were best placed to deliver 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 service providers to deliver disability 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.
Victoria is putting people with disability and their families, and the disability workforce at the centre of the NDIS rollout, and is undertaking a collaborative design approach regarding the future delivery of disability services.
Over the past year, the Victorian Government has engaged with people with disability and their families, and disability workers across the state, and large, medium and small service providers in metropolitan, regional and rural areas regarding the future delivery of disability services.
The information gathered during these discussions has shaped the strict conditions that the Government has placed on the potential transfer of services and the EOI evaluation criteria, which measure and test the quality of potential service providers.
This is where you come in. The Government also wants to know what you think about disability services in Victoria, what you value most about those services, and the opportunities you hope the NDIS can provide.
The Government will continue to engage with participants, families and staff as the process to identify which organisations are best placed to deliver disability services progresses.
The Government will also use the findings to ensure participants and staff are communicated with in ways that best suits them, being open and upfront about processes, and reporting back on how the information they have provided has been used.
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The Victorian Government is committed to consulting with people with a disability, their families and staff throughout the transition to the NDIS and will provide regular updates throughout the process.
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