NDIS Ready

VMCH and the National Disability Insurance Scheme

We will ensure that you are supported at all times throughout the move into the NDIS while continuing to deliver our high quality supports and services.

VMCH is committed to helping you understand how this new vision for supporting people with disabilities may affect you.

We are holding information forums throughout 2019 for individuals, family members and carers to help you better understand the scheme.

Please contact us to arrange a session for you, your family or community group.

We would love to hear from you about the information you would like delivered during these sessions and how we could best support you in this exciting time of change.

Let us help you begin your NDIS journey – download the NDIS Ready planning workbook or contact us to discuss.

Free NDIS Pre-planning workshop in March 2019

We are running free workshops about planning for your NDIS meeting in March 2019. Find out what you need to know about the NDIS so that you can make the most of your plan and your planning meeting.

VMCH expert NDIS staff will share tips and inside knowledge of the planning process to ensure  that you are prepared as possible for your first NDIS meeting.

Attendees have told us this has been one of the most useful NDIS information sessions they have been to…

“…thank you for the NDIS workshops….I was pleasantly surprised to find your sessions very informative, interesting and enjoyable. Attending your workshops has helped me tremendously. I know I will be able to maximise my chances of receiving assistance in the necessary quantities.”

Book online below or download the flyer here

West Brunswick Workshop

Tuesday 12 March 10am-1pm

or call 1800 798 921 or email ndis@vmch.com.au.


Meet our staff

At Villa Maria Catholic Homes, our care spans all generations, growing and evolving as you do.  Specialist Education Evolving Disability Services – That’s why we call it SEEDS.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)? |

The NDIS supports people with a permanent and significant disability that affects their ability to enjoy everyday life.

Itgives participants more choice and control over how, when and where their supports are provided.

Who can qualify for the NDIS? |

You need to meet certain requirements to qualify for an individual support plan when it becomes available in the area where you live.

Eligibility requirements include:

  • A participant must have a permanent disability that significantly affects their ability to take part in everyday activities
  • You need to be aged less than 65 when you first access the scheme
  • You must also be an Australian citizen, live in Australia and hold a permanent visa or a Protected Special Category Visa.

For more information on access requirements go to the NDIS Access Checklist web page.

What about early intervention? |

Early intervention requirements include:

  • Child has an impairment or condition that is likely to be permanent
  • Child is under six years with a developmental delay which results in substantially reduced functional capacity in one or more areas of self-care, language, cognitive and motor development
  • There is evidence that getting supports now will help a child by reducing how much assistance they will need in the future, it will help family and carers keep helping the child.

The NDIS Access Checklist also has more information about early intervention access requirements.

How does the NDIS work? |

The NDIS takes a flexible, whole-of-life approach to working with individuals and their family to develop a plan about what support they need to enjoy life, live independently and achieve their goals.

It provides participants with more choice and control over how, when and where their supports are provided.

It also provides certainty that they will receive support over their lifetime.

When will the NDIS be available where I live? |

Victoria’s Barwon region became one of the trial sites for the NDIS in July 2013, making it the first part of the state to enter the scheme.

From July 1, 2016, the NDIS will start the full rollout in Victoria, with Melbourne’s North East the first area to start this next phase. This will take in the local government areas Banyule, Darebin, Nillumbik, Whittlesea, Yarra.

Other parts of the state will enter the scheme progressively until it is operating state-wide by July 2019.

What services and support can the NDIS fund? |

The NDIS will fund reasonable and necessary supports that help participants achieve their goals.

This may include:

  •       Daily personal activities
  •       Transport to participate in community, social, economic and daily life activities
  •       Workplace help so a participant can successfully gain or keep employment
  •       Therapeutic supports including behaviour support
  •       Help with household tasks
  •       Help from a person skilled in aids or equipment assessment, set up and training.
  •       Home modification design and installation, mobility equipment, vehicle modifications.

What supports are not funded under the NDIS? |

Under the NDIS Act, a support will not be funded if it:

  •         Is not related to the participant’s disability
  •         Duplicates other supports already funded by a different mechanism through the NDIS
  •         Relates to day to day living costs that are not related to a participant’s support needs, or
  •         Is likely to cause harm to the participant or pose a risk to others.

What can I do to get ready for the NDIS? |

To start you on the planning process, we have developed a NDIS Ready, planning Workbook. The workbook is a useful tool to identify your goals, the supports you currently receive and what you need to reach your goals. Please download a copy of the NDIS Ready Planning Workbook (PDF 6,064 KB).

The NDIA has prepared the NDIS Planning Workbook, which can be found on the NDIS website: www.ndis.gov.au/participants/planning-process

The NDIS workbook is available for both children and adult participants.

Where can I get more information about the NDIS? |

VMCH’s NDIS Customer Engagement Advisor 

(03) 9926 2079


Or the NDIS


1800 800 110*, 8am to 5pm (AEST) Monday to Friday

For people with hearing or speech loss, TTY 1800 555 677

Speak and listen, 1800 555 727

For people who need help with English, TIS 131 450

*1800 calls from fixed lines are free. Calls from mobiles may be charged.