Ovens Mur­ray cel­e­brates first an­niver­sary of NDIS

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News -

MORE than 1600 lo­cal res­i­dents of the Ovens Mur­ray re­gion are now ben­e­fit­ing from the Na­tional Dis­abil­ity In­sur­ance Scheme (NDIS), ac­cord­ing to the lat­est NDIS quar­terly re­port.

The re­gion is cel­e­brat­ing its first an­niver­sary un­der the na­tional scheme this week.

The Ovens Mur­ray re­gion cov­ers the Lo­cal Govern­ment Ar­eas of Alpine, In­digo, Be­nalla, Mans­field, Towong, Wan­garatta and Wodonga.

Na­tional Dis­abil­ity In­sur­ance Agency (NDIA) branch man­ager, en­gage­ment and in­clu­sion, Matthew Wright, said this first an­niver­sary of the NDIS in the Ovens Mur­ray re­gion was an im­por­tant mile­stone, as the roll out of one of the largest so­cial re­forms in Aus­tralia’s his­tory con­tin­ues.

“The NDIS is al­ready em­pow­er­ing 1699 lo­cal peo­ple in the Ovens Mur­ray re­gion – with more than 42,000 peo­ple re­ceiv­ing sup­port across Vic­to­ria, in­clud­ing more than 8100 peo­ple re­ceiv­ing sup­port for the first time,” Mr Wright said.

“The scheme is ex­pected to sup­port more than 105,000 peo­ple in Vic­to­ria at full roll out.”

Cur­rently 200,000 Aus­tralians are ben­e­fit­ing from the scheme.

“Ac­cord­ing to the lat­est NDIS quar­terly re­port, the scheme is mak­ing a real dif­fer­ence to chil­dren liv­ing with dis­abil­ity in Vic­to­ria with 3024 chil­dren from birth to be­fore school cur­rently re­ceiv­ing sup­port through Early Child­hood In­ter­ven­tion, with 89 per cent of fam­ily and car­ers of par­tic­i­pants in this age group say­ing the NDIS has im­proved their child’s de­vel­op­ment,” Mr Wright said.

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