Council to host sessions about National Disability Insurance Scheme

Burdekin Shire Council will host two National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) information sessions from 4pm-6pm on September 6 at the Burdekin Theatre in Ayr.

Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the Community Information Session and the Doing Business with the NDIS session were essential to ensure residents and businesses were aware of how they could access the scheme.

“The Burdekin currently has about 230 people accessing disability services and this number is expected to grow to 300 under the NDIS,” she said.

“There are opportunities for service providers or businesses to be part of the scheme and help these residents, their families and carers.

“The Community Information Session which will be held in the Burdekin Theatre Foyer will focus on how the NDIS can meet the needs of people with a disability, their families and carers. It will also explain how the scheme works for this sector of our community. This is your opportunity to ask questions about the new scheme and to understand how it will help you.”

Cr McLaughlin said the Doing Business with the NDIS Session would be held in the Music Loft above the Burdekin Library.

“This session will help businesses understand how they can engage with the scheme,” she said. “It will focus on how to register to be an NDIS provider, opportunities for workforce development and how to expand your business through service adaptation to offer services under the scheme.

“I would encourage all businesses to consider attending this particular session as there is a wide scope of services required for our local participants in the scheme.”

National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) General Manager Media, Communication and Engagement Maryanne Diamond, said that with the roll out of the NDIS in the Burdekin area due to commence from 1 January, 2017, the NDIA was calling on people with disability, providers and the community to get NDIS Ready.

“The NDIS will support about 460,000 Australians with disability, including more than 91,000 people in Queensland,” Ms Diamond said.

“The Scheme is being introduced geographically in Queensland over the next three years to ensure it is successful and sustainable.

“The NDIS is a big change, but there’s things you can do in the lead up to get NDIS Ready, such as learn if you might be able to access the NDIS and collect any reports, assessments or information you might find helpful for when the NDIS comes to you.”

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