NDIS in the City of Maribyrnong

Get ready for the NDIS

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will be introduced to the City of Maribyrnong in October 2018. The NDIS is administered by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).

The NDIS will change the way people with disability, their families and carers receive support, and will largely replace existing systems of disability care and support. Participants will have increased choice of services, and greater flexibility of supports.

If you are under the age of 65 and have a permanent and significant disability, you should test your eligibility for the NDIS.

Free information sessions

Autism awareness NDIS workshops

AMAZE: Shaping the future for Autism.

AMAZE is hosting a series of free workshops in partnership with Maribyrnong City Council. The workshops will increase the capacity of people with autism and their families to exercise choice and control under the NDIS. Topics include pre-planning, writing a carer and participant statement, setting and writing goals, advocacy and peer support. AMAZE is also holding a March information session on the NDIS and autism.

  • 3 May (Workshop 1), 10am-12pm
  • 7 June (Workshop 2), 10am-12pm
  • 28 June (Workshop 3), 10am-12pm
  • 9 August (Workshop 4), 10am-12pm.

Maribyrnong City Council Town Hall, Community Services Building, CD1 and 2, Corner Hyde and Napier Streets, Footscray - map.

RSVP: Email carmel.topp@amaze.org.au or call 9657 1617.

Participants must attend all workshops. 

NDIS and children with disability workshops

Association for Children with a Disability (ACD) in partnership with Maribyrnong City Council.

ACD is hosting a series of free NDIS workshops for families of children with a disability. Topics include preparing for NDIS planning, managing your child's NDIS plan and advocacy in the NDIS context.

  • 14 August (Workshop 1), 10am-12pm
  • 21 August (Workshop 2), 10am-12pm
  • 28 August (Workshop 3), 10am-12pm.

Maribyrnong City Council Town Hall, Community Services Building, CD1 and 2, Corner Hyde and Napier Streets, Footscray - map.

Bookings will open in June.

Participants must attend all workshops. 

NDIS and mental health workshops

Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC) and tandem in partnership with Council.

These free NDIS mental health information sessions will provide insight and guidance on the NDIS application process, and are designed for people with a lived experience of mental illness, their families and carers. 

  • 16 May, 11am-2pm
  • 15 August, 11am-2pm

Maribyrnong City Council Town Hall, Reception Room, Corner Hyde and Napier Streets, Footscray - map.

RSVP: please register on Eventbrite

Lunch will be provided.

NDIS families as planning partners course

The Victorian Advocacy League for Individuals with Disability (VALID) in partnership with Council.

VALID's 5 part course is designed to assist parents and families of people with disability to get ready for the transition to the NDIS, including through planning, communicating with NDIS workers, managing funding and purchasing services.

  • 30 May (Workshop 1), 945am-2pm
  • 6 June (Workshop 2), 945am-2pm
  • 13 June (Workshop 3), 945am-2pm
  • 20 June (Workshop 4), 945am-2pm
  • 27 June (Workshop 5), 945am-2pm.

Maribyrnong City Council Town Hall, Community Services Building, CD1 and 2, Corner Hyde and Napier Streets, Footscray - map.

RSVP: email maree@valid.org.au or call 0409 965 264.

Participants must attend all workshops. 

NDIS and young people information sessions.

Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS) in partnership with Council.

YDAS are holding two information sessions focussed at young people with disability. The workshops cover the NDIS, planning for goals and how young people can speak up or get help to work through the NDIS.

  • 16 August (Information session 1), 4pm-6pm
  • 11 September (Information session 2), 4pm-6pm.

Phoenix Youth Hub, 72 Buckley St, Footscray - map.

Bookings will open soon. 

NDIA information sessions

The NDIA is hosting two Get Plan Ready information sessions on 25 May. The sessions are designed to help people with a disability as well as their families get ready for their first plan conversation. They will cover topics including NDIS Goals, NDIS planning conversations, how to seek help with planning, decision making and managing NDIS funding. 

  • 25 May, 930am-1130am
  • 25 May, 630pm-830pm

Maribyrnong City Council Town Hall, Reception Room, Corner Hyde and Napier Streets, Footscray - map.

RSVP: please register on Eventbrite.

The NDIA is also holding a Vietnamese Getting Plan Ready information session in Sunshine on 16 May.

The NDIA is hosting multiple information sessions across Western Melbourne. Please refer to the NDIS Events in Victoria page for up-to-date events information.

Where can I find more information about the NDIS?

To find out more information, you can:

We also want to ensure your transition to the NDIS is as smooth as possible and can answer your questions or provide further information. Please contact our MetroAccess Officer on 9688 0313, or our Community Liaison and Transition Officer on 9688 0148.

Am I eligible for the NDIS?

To be eligible for the NDIS, you need to meet eligibility criteria, including:

  • being under 65;
  • meeting certain Australian residency requirements; and
  • having a permanent and significant disability.

For more information visit the NDIS access check-list or call 1800 800 110.

How do I access support to move to the NDIS?

There are organisations that can help you transition to the NDIS. Please refer to the full list (DOC, 412KB).

Can I make a complaint about NDIS services?

 You can make a complaint about NDIS services if necessary. Please see this information sheet (PDF, 153KB) for further details.

Community consultations

Between August and December 2017, we hosted an online forum, alongside a postcard survey and a public meeting to help develop recommendations on the Maribyrnong City Council's potential role in the NDIS, and to discuss what the roll-out of the scheme means for our community. The meeting was attended by 35 clients, their carers and family members. You can find a video summary of the night here, and a summary of the responses provided by the community here (PDF, 308KB).

The outcomes of the online forum, postcards and public meeting will be a key input for the evaluation of Maribyrnong City Council’s role and in establishing how we best support residents. Council will report back to the community about its decision before the NDIS roll-out in October. In the meantime we welcome your continued feedback and questions.

What will happen to the Council services I currently receive?

You will continue to receive services until your NDIS plan is implemented. If you are already receiving disability support services, you will be contacted by the NDIA over the coming months.

We are evaluating our role in service delivery, and Maribyrnong City Council will decide in 2018 whether we will register as an NDIS provider or not.

More information