Full implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme began on 1 July 2016 in the North East Melbourne Area. Further information about the NDIS and the rollout in Victoria can be found at the NDIS website.
As the scheme rolls out over the next three years, a proportion of people aged less than 65 who are currently receiving services funded by the Victorian HACC Program for Younger People will be invited by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to test their eligibility to participate in the NDIS.
How many HACC clients are likely to be eligible for the NDIS?
The experience of the NDIS trial in the Barwon area during the last three years has been that about a quarter of all HACC clients aged less than 65 became NDIS participants. Those eligible tended to include:
- HACC clients who were also receiving substantial support from State disability services, such as Individual Support Packages (ISPs)
- People receiving a case-managed Linkages package
- People who had been receiving ongoing personal care or respite, or attending a planned activity group
Many of the above had also been receiving HACC-funded allied health services or home nursing.
What happens to HACC Program for Younger People clients who are not eligible for the NDIS?
Current HACC clients under 65 (or Indigenous clients under 50) who are not eligible for the NDIS will continue to be eligible for services under Victoria’s HACC Program for Younger People. The program will continue to provide the same types of services that were provided under the former HACC Program over the period that the NDIS rolls out in Victoria. These services can include help with housework, personal care, meals, social support and group activities, nursing care and home maintenance. The program provides low level support and maintenance to eligible people and their carers.
Information for HACC Program for Younger People funded organisations preparing for NDIS roll out
The Department of Health and Human Services has provided a series of bulletins to assist organisations prepare for NDIS roll out. These bulletins are attached below and provide essential information regarding HACC Program for Younger People funding arrangements during transition, data collection, registering as an NDIS provider and quality arrangements.