The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of providing individualised support for eligible people with permanent and significant disability, their families and carers. It is run by the National Disability Insurance Authority (NDIA). Visit the offical page at www.ndis.gov.au

People have a lot of questions about the NDIS getting the right information about the NDIS can be hard. Knowing who and what to trust and what is relevant to you and your family is even harder. This page aims to provide information and resources to assist you if you are living in North East Victoria and Southern parts of New South Wales to find out more about the NDIS. If you can not find the information you are lookig for contact DAIS and we will see if we can help. DAIS is able to provide free and independnet information.  


On 16 September 2015 the Commonwealth signed a bilateral agreement with the Victorian and New South Wales Governments for the rollout of the NDIS. From 1 July 2016 eligible people in NSW and Victoria will start entering the NDIS in a carefully managed and well supported way.

In NSW, the NDIS is expected to be operating state-wide by July 2018, ultimately providing support to about 140,000 people. From 1 July 2017 availability of the NDIS will begin in the Murrumbidgee, including the cities and towns of Albury, Finley, Deniliquin, Tumbarumba, Wagga Wagga, Young, Hay and Temora.

The NSW roll out will prioritise bringing existing clients, who are receiving NSW funded services into the NDIS as quickly as possible. New participants will come into the scheme after June 2018. Read more .


Stakeholders information for NSW

Ageing, Disability and Home Care has invested in a number of projects to support people with disability, families and carers in developing their skills to participate confidently in individualised arrangements and prepare for the NDIS. These projects also provide opportunities to connect with other people with disability, families and carers. These projects have been funded until 30 June 2016.

 Download the Getting Prepared information sheet (PDF) (Word) (RTF)

In Victoria, NDIS is expected to be operating state-wide by July 2019, ultimately providing support to about 105,000 people with disability. It is expected that transition will begin in the Ovens Murray district from 1 October 2017.The Ovens Murray regen cities and town of Wodnonga, Wangaratta, Benalla, Mansfield and Corryong.
Stakeholders information for Victoria

For people with disability, this is a unique period for the NDIS. There are a large number of people joining the scheme during a short period of time. The specific details on when and how you will be able to access the NDIS will be made available in the coming months.

This is the start of an important journey, not the end. The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), the Commonwealth, NSW and Victorian Governments will need to work closely to ensure a smooth transition to the NDIS.

In the meantime existing Commonwealth and state-based services and supports will continue until all eligible people with disability start their plans with the NDIS. However now is not the time to sit back. Learn as much as you can about the NDIS and how it will work for you.

To start with here is a   Guide for people with disability, family members and carers.

Upcoming events in our region about the NDIS will be promoted on DAIS infoTree calendar.


Disability Advocacy Network Australia (DANA)


DANA is the peak body for independnet advocacy in Auatralia. They have put together a website to support advocacy for people with disability engaging with the NDIS. 

CID Connect

CID Connect is an online forum where you can ask and answer questions about how the NDIS might affect you. Answering your questions will be peers, professionals and the NSW CID Info Service. 

Anyone can log on for free and ask a question of the community as well as browse around and see what other people have been discussing. Every month there will be a new focus topic to help you be prepared for the NDIS, whether you are already on a funding package, are waiting for rollout or have no idea where to start.

Disability Loop


A leading website on the NDIS for people with disability and is a project of the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO).

Disability Loop is a way to find out more about the NDIS and keep up-to-date on what is happening.
Through Disability Loop you can:

  • Find a great selection of resources relating to the NDIS
  • Find out how the NDIS is working for other people
  • Have your say about the NDIS
  • Keep up to date with news and events about the NDIS.

Disability Loop is a project that has been paid for by the NDIS. It is run by, and for, people with disability and their allies.

From the Disability Loop website you can subscribe to an e-newsletter sent out about every 2 weeks.


IDEAS is an information hub for all things disability and have pulled a number of resources about the NDIS together on their website.


My Choice Matters
NSW Consumer Development Fund

Having more choice, voice and control is a big change for many people.


The NDIS Grassroots Discussion group on Facebook is a place for members to share information and have conversations around the NDIS.

You must have a Facebook account and ask for permission to join before being granted access to this group.

 Take Charge of Your Future,
the information aims to engage people with disability to become NDIS participants as well as encourage them, their families and carers to find out when and how they can access the NDIS in their area in NSW.
The website has stories of real people from different regions, representing people with a range of disability types, ages and cultural backgrounds.

To view the video and find out more, visit www.ndis.nsw.gov.au/takecharge


NDIS in Regional Australia

The aim of the NDIS is to provide people with disability greater choice and control over the services they receive. But the question is how will it work in small country towns. Many Aboriginal people with disabilities live in rural and remote parts of Australia and some fear that service providers who win contracts to deliver the NDIS won't bother with the smaller places. Indigenous groups say the scheme will create an employment boom in the disability sector and there'll be up to thousands of new jobs which could be done by Aboriginal people.

People are worried that service providers might not want to go to small rural and remote areas. They are worried they will have to move to bigger towns to get the supports they need, which is against the NDIS's philosophy of having choice and control.

However, Damian Griffis, CEO of First Peoples Disability Network Australia says that this is a great opportunity to employ local Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders to work for people with disabilities so that it works out well for everyone.

The video has been broken into two sections, and each has a transcript.

  1. Will small towns attract service providers for the NDIS?
  2. Interview: Damian Griffis

This was also covered in an ABC news story:

Big hopes NDIS will deliver jobs and services to Aboriginal people in remote areas


New NDIS resources available for Aboriginal people and in community languages

New resources are now available for Aboriginal people with disability on the NSW NDIS website. The latest resources have also been translated into community languages and Easy English versions too.

Please CLICK HERE to view further information

You can find all of these resources at: www.ndis.nsw.gov.au


Understanding the NDIS: how does the scheme work and am I eligible for funding?

The NDIS has been trialled in selected Australian sites over the past three years. It is now providing funding packages to more than 25,000 Australians under 65 who have a permanent impairment that substantially reduces their intellectual, cognitive, neurological, sensory, physical, psychological and social functioning. Why do we need the NDIS and how is it diifferent from the old system?

Read more

Understanding the NDIS: a history of disability welfare from ‘deserving poor’ to consumers in control


The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the only national scheme of its kind in the world. Its introduction has been likened to a generational shift with some saying the scheme’s impact will be similar to that of Medicare.

Read more:


Family and Community Services (FACS) has a publication of the Individual Funding Handbook and its companion, Individual Funding Packages – Guidance for Intermediaries.

These new resources are designed to assist people with disability in receipt of individual funding provided by ADHC, their family and carers, and intermediaries who administer the funding on their behalf.


Upcoming Events


 NDIS Training Sessions
Preparing & Planning Sessions Wangaratta


Date:Thursday 11th May 
Venue: Community Room - Wang Library, Docker St, Wangaratta
Time: 10:00am to 12 noon 

Date: Thursday 25th May
Venue:Wangaratta Club Inc., 4 Victoria Pde, Wangaratta
Time: 10:00am to 12 noon 

Date:Thurs 8th June
Venue:Wangaratta Club Inc., 4 Victoria Pde, Wangaratta
Time:10:00am to 12 noon 

Date:Thurs 22nd June
Venue:  Community Room - Wang Library, Docker St, Wangaratta
Time: 10:00am to 12 noon 



NDIS Straight Up Lake Cargelligo


Date:Tuesday 16th May 2017
Venue: Aboriginal Health Service 36 Nyampa Street MURRIN BRIDGE
10:00am to 4:00pm 

NDIS Straight Up West Wyalong

Date:Wednesday 17th May 2017
Venue: Local Aboriginal Lands Council 76-78 Main Street WEST WYALONG
10:00am to 4:00pm 


Disability Loop NDIS  Workshops in Wodonga 6 Workshops 

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AFDO Disability Loop are running six half day workshops in Wodonga. You can pick and choose or come to them all. We recommend coming to them all if you can.  

Workshop 1: How does the NDIS work?   Wodonga

Date: Tuesday 30 May
Venue:  Quest Wodonga 46 Reid St, Wodonga VIC 3690
Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm

Improve your understanding about how the NDIS works. This session provides an overview of the NDIS with a focus on access and planning.


Workshop 2: Reasonable and necessary Wodonga 


Date: Tuesday 30 May
Venue:  Quest Wodonga 46 Reid St, Wodonga VIC 3690
Time: 1:30pm – 4:30pm

It can be hard to understand what ‘reasonable and necessary’ supports means in the NDIS. This session helps explain it clearly with examples and activities.



 Workshop 3 Planning and standing strong Wodonga  
The NDIS Planning process is important but can be complicated. This session breaks down the steps so you can get ready for your NDIS First Plan. 

Date: Wednesday 31st  May
Venue:  Quest Wodonga 46 Reid St, Wodonga VIC 3690
Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm


Workshop 4 : I have my Plan, what now? 
People with disability have choice and control over how they use their supports in the NDIS. This session talks about making all the decisions needed to put a Plan into action. 

Date: Wednesday 31 May
Venue:  Quest Wodonga 46 Reid St, Wodonga VIC 3690
Time: 1:30pm – 4:30pm


Workshop 5 Plan Management explained Wodonga  
All Participants need to manage the money part of their NDIS Plan. This session discusses the differences, as well as the pros and cons of the options available. 

Date:  Thursday 1 June
Venue:  Quest Wodonga 46 Reid St, Wodonga VIC 3690
Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm



 Workshop 6 Is self-management for me?  Wodonga 
Self-management of an NDIS Plan is not as hard as many people think. It could be a good choice, and this session helps you come to a decision. 
Date: Thursday 1st  June
Venue:  Quest Wodonga 46 Reid St, Wodonga VIC 3690
Time: 1:30pm – 4:30pm




NDIS Workshops COBRAM Hosted by Inspired Carers and ACD   

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Workshop 2: NDIS Planning
Date:  Monday 22nd May
Venue: Cobram Community House, 43 Punt Rd, Cobram VIC, 3629
Time: 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Workshop 3:  Putting your NDIS plan into action
Date: Monday 19th June
Venue: Cobram Community House, 43 Punt Rd, Cobram VIC, 3629
Time: 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Workshop 4: Advocating on behalf of your child

Date: Monday  24th July
Venue: Cobram Community House, 43 Punt Rd, Cobram VIC, 3629
Time: 12:00pm - 3:00pm


NDIS Workshops MANSFIELD Hosted by Inspired Carers and ACD  

    Inspired Carers image

Workshop 2: NDIS Planning
Date: 23rd May 2017 
Venue: Delatite Hotel, 95 High St, Mansfield, VIC, 3722
Time: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Lunch provided on the day.
Cost: FREE

Workshop 3: Putting your NDIS plan into action
Date: Tuesday 20th June
Venue: Delatite Hotel, 95 High St, Mansfield, VIC, 3722
Time: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Lunch provided on the day.
Cost: FREE

 Workshop 4: Advocating on behalf of your child
Date: Tuesday  18th July
Venue: Delatite Hotel, 95 High St, Mansfield, VIC, 3722
Time: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Lunch provided on the day.
Cost: FREE



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