Barwon, Child, Youth and Family (BCYF) has been awarded a $4.3m contract to support the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) across the Barwon region.
BCYF will draw on its early childhood knowledge to help determine appropriate supports for children aged from newborn up until six with developmental delay or disability. The agency, with offices in Geelong and Colac, will help families to understand their child’s needs and provide them with information and guidance to help them make informed choices about appropriate supports and ultimately connect with providers.
Latrobe Community Health Service has been awarded a $63m contract as Local Area Coordinator to support residents across the region with a disability in their transition to the NDIS. More than $9m has been provided for these services in the Barwon region.
Currently well over 5,500 people with a disability in the Barwon region are participating in the NDIS.
I congratulate BCYF and Latrobe and recognise the value their expertise will have in helping eligible residents in Corangamite enter the NDIS and develop their plans.
With construction of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) national headquarters in Malop Street about to begin, the NDIS is already delivering hundreds of new jobs into our region.
It is expected the NDIS will create 1,400 extra full time equivalent local jobs in the disability services market and boost the local economy by $160m – a 133% per cent increase between now and the full rollout of the scheme (2019).
The Partners in the Community Program provides funding for community organisations to partner with the NDIA to help deliver the NDIS across the country.
The NDIS will provide about 105,000 Victorians under the age of 65 who have a permanent and significant disability, with the reasonable and necessary supports they need to live an ordinary life.
Information about the Partners in the Community Program, including future grant rounds, is available at www.ndis.gov.au.
5 April 2017