Victoria`s NDIS began in 2013 with a trial in the Barwon area. The Victorian government and the Commonwealth government signed a bilateral agreement on the transition to NDIS in 2015. As a result of this agreement, NDIS launched a phased deployment to Victoria in 2016. An advisory council of the Victorian community is established as part of the agreement. This will give people with disabilities a permanent say in how the NDIS governs and works. Bilateral agreements define and define the obligations that require each level of government and the NDIA to operate the program in the best interests of participants and service providers who care for these participants. This is the current responsibility for bilateral agreements between national and federal governments and the NDIA. If service providers are to remain within the information and support solution of the market and the resolution of the day-to-day operational issues of transition and operation within the system, they should be funded for the delivery of this service. First, there were two bilateral agreements between the Commonwealth and Victoria. The Commonwealth-Victoria General Regulatory Agreement came into force on July 1, 2019.
If, over the past decade, the Victorian government`s truly exceptional investments in early childhood interventions (and several other states) are not lost, but they need to be developed by the NDIS, a strategy must be developed and implemented that is consistent with further capacity building, development and support for the ICE sector under the current NDIS ECEI strategies. ECIA VIC/TAS believes that the current bilateral agreements, which have advanced the entire program deployment process, must be extended beyond the closing date of June 30, 2019 (an option already provided for in the current agreements) to ensure that the transition to the NDIS can take at least two more years. The extension of bilateral agreements will ensure sustainable funding and ongoing support from the government and NDIA, which is as important to the early childhood intervention market as it is developing under the NDIS. In my view, despite the best efforts of NDIA and national and federal governments to operate the program, the market has not had sufficient time to achieve an effective transition (in any reasonable assessment of the circumstances). In addition, we have invested $26 million to reorganize Victoria`s disabled staff as part of the transition to the NDIS. (Includes $4.88 million provided by the Commonwealth Government`s NDIS Sector Development Fund.) At the centre, the ECEI-Overlay (an NDIS amendment that applies only to early childhood interventions) was put in place, which resulted in a comprehensive (and very welcome) review of the plans of early childhood participants, originally managed as part of the adult membership process. Under the NDIS, some 105,000 Victorians have access to disability services. To learn more about the context, why NDIS is important and how it works, visit the NDIS website. The three-year period that ended on June 30, 2019, which was granted for the full conversion of the program, was greatly underestimated as sufficient time to redevelop a service sector with tens of thousands of participants, thousands of practitioners and hundreds of service providers.