The National Disability Insurance Scheme will become available in the Ovens Murray area from October 1.
A person may meet the access requirements to become a participant of the NDIS up to six months prior to this date.
The Ovens Murray area covers the local government areas of:
The NDIS will roll out in Benalla Rural City in October.
It is expected to improve the lives of hundreds more people with a disability in the shire, as well as generate hundreds more jobs and millions into the local economy.
Federal Assistant Social Services and Disability Services Minister Jane Prentice said it was an important day for the local community.
‘‘The NDIS is a major shift in the way support is delivered to people with disability across Australia,’’ Mrs Prentice said.
‘‘It gives all Australians peace of mind that if their child or loved one is born with or acquires a permanent and significant disability they will get the support they need.’’
According to the National Disability Insurance Agency Market Position Statement for Victoria, the number of people receiving disability support in the Ovens Murray region (which includes Benalla) is forecast to grow from 2600 to 2700 in 2019.
Local area co-ordinators focus on participant capacity building, including developing, implementing and reviewing plans, while ECEI services deliver outcomes for children and their families through best-practice and family-centred approaches.
Mrs Prentice said while people living with disability would be the primary beneficiaries, the NDIS would also deliver a social, economic and jobs dividend for the region.
‘‘The NDIS will generate jobs and local investment and this will ensure people with disability have the assistance they need to help them achieve their goals,’’ she said.