Findings from our NDIS Connections project in the Barwon, Hunter, ACT and Perth Hills trial sites have reinforced the importance of ensuring active outreach is available for young people in nursing homes so that they can become active participants in the Scheme. Our team found that people who submitted an access request form (ARF) needed a high-level of support ranging from 9-32 hours to progress through to registering as a participant. Find out more.
With the NDIS rolling out, the NDIS Connections Project’s focus will shift to how the Summer Foundation can provide the necessary resources and support so that others can connect young people in nursing homes to the NDIS. Our Practice Guide and digital stories produced with partial funding from the NDIA are available for this purpose. The Summer Foundation has now expanded its NDIS connections work into the Central Coast of NSW, the Central Highlands in Victoria, and the North East of Melbourne, which represent some of the first full NDIS roll out zones. Our learnings from these areas will be used to improve policy and practice in the full Scheme.
A new aspect of the NDIS is the information, linkages and capacity building strategy (ILC). This is the funding stream for people with disability who won’t be eligible for individualised NDIS packages. The ILC will be trialed in the ACT in January 2017. New South Wales and South Australia will have access to it in 2018, and Victoria in 2019. Until then overall responsibility for disability (apart from the individual funding packages, and the LAC function) remains with the states and territories. We will keep you updated about developments in the ILC.