Southern Riverina residents are being urged to make themselves aware of options under the National Disability Insurance Scheme, which officially rolled out in the Farrer electorate on Saturday.
‘‘Once fully under way, the NDIS is expected to help up to 9000 local people with a disability, provide $180million in extra assistance, and create 1000 jobs to help meet demand for services and support,’’ Federal Member for Farrer Sussan Ley said.
‘‘The NDIS is all about choice and control for people managing a disability, recognising everyone’s needs and goals are different.’’
The NDIS is being introduced in stages across Australia over three years (2016 to 2019) and will support about 460000 Australians with disability.
It is now available in the Murrumbidgee region, which includes the Farrer electorate and the Local Government areas of Berrigan and Jerilderie.
The NDIS is the new way of providing support to Australians with disability, their families and carers.
As an insurance scheme, the NDIS takes a lifetime approach, investing in people with disability early to improve their outcomes later in life.
NDIS participants include people with intellectual, physical, sensory and psycho-social disabilities.
The NDIS provides Australians under the age of 65 with a permanent and significant disability with the reasonable and necessary supports they need to live an ordinary life.
This includes independence, community involvement, education, employment and health and wellbeing. Supports may include personal care and support, access to the community, therapy services and essential equipment.
●More information is available from the Albury NDIS office, Suite 1, 553 David St, Albury, from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, or by phoning 1800 522 679.