People with disability and Guide Dogs Victoria puppies launch Information Hubs about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

DATE: 5 April 2016

People with disability and Guide Dogs Victoria puppies will today be celebrating the first of a series of Information Hubs designed to inform people about what the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is, and what it will mean for people with disability.

With less than 100 days to go until people with disability start to transition to the new funding model, Yooralla is holding its first Information Hub at 180 High Street Preston at the corner of Bell Street and High Street to help them prepare.

The Preston hub, which runs from 4 to 16 April 10am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 2pm on Saturday, has been designed to help people with disability, their family and carers understand and prepare for the NDIS. The hub is set up as a pop-up shop with other hubs opening for two weeks at a time in each of the local government areas that are in line for the rollout over the next three months.

People with disability in north eastern Melbourne will be the first to experience the NDIS, with the rollout commencing in the local government areas of Darebin, Banyule, Nillumbik, Yarra and Whittlesea.

Action on Disability within Ethnic Communities Inc. (ADEC) will also be at the information hub, to support people with disabilities from non-English speaking backgrounds to prepare for the NDIS.

Speaking about the imminent NDIS funding rollout, Russell Shewan, Executive Director, Yooralla said that people with disability would enjoy more equitable access to support and services under the NDIS.

“This new funding model will ensure that people with disability finally get choice and control over how their support needs are met. This is the fair, equitable and right way forward for us as a society.

“We know that some people are feeling concerned about the change and we want to make sure everyone feels ready for the NDIS, so we’d like to invite the community to come and drop in to our information hub to find about the NDIS or attend one of our free information sessions. There will also be presentations from Action on Disability in Ethnic Communities (ADEC), Guide Dogs Victoria and advocacy and peer support organisations. We’ll also have plenty of information on hand to help people with disability and their carers prepare for the NDIS,” Mr Shewan said.

David Simmonds, Service Development Manager at Guide Dogs Victoria, said: “Guide Dogs Victoria’s mission is to maximise the opportunities for independence for those Victorian’s living with a vision impairment and we are really excited about the NDIS and the  opportunities it presents such Victorians to gain greater choice and control. We are thrilled to be partnering with the Yooralla Information Hub in providing Victorians with as much information and support as possible as they prepare for the NDIS.”

Yooralla played a pivotal role in lobbying for the NDIS and witnessed history in the making when former Victorian Premier Dr Denis Napthine, accompanied by former Prime Minister Julia Gillard, signed up to the NDIS at a Yooralla house in Reservoir  in 2013.

Learn more about Yooralla's information hubs about the NDIS.


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