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The National Disability Insurance Scheme

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (The NDIS) supports people with permanent and significant disability, their families and carers.

It is a new way for people to get disability support that takes an individualised approach to providing care and support over a person’s lifetime.

The scheme will deliver a life-long approach to support people with disability through individualised funding. This means rather than providing support based on the number of places in a limited number of programs, the scheme will provide funding so people can get the care and support they need, based on their individual support needs, goals and aspirations.

The NDIS also focuses on early intervention, recognising that timely support can minimise the impact of a disability. It will provide assistance at the right time, rather than only once people reach crisis

The NDIS is being rolled out in stages because it’s a big change to the current system. It’s also a permanent change, so it needs to be implemented in a sustainable and steady way.

Locations that start from July 2013.

Barwon area of Victoria

People aged 0–64

Hunter area of New South Wales

People aged 0–64

South Australia

Children aged 0–14


Young people aged 15–24

Locations that start from July 2013

Australian Capital Territory

People aged 0–64

Barkly region of the Northern Territory

People aged 0–64

From July 2016, The NDIS will continue to extend to more locations and age groups across Australia.

For more information and eligibility requirements visit www.ndis.gov.au.  If you don’t meet these requirements, governments have agreed that you will not be disadvantaged in the transition to the new arrangements and will be able to access the same level of supports you already have


Elder Abuse

‘Elder abuse’ is “any act occurring within a relationship where there is an implication of trust, which results in harm to an older person. Abuse may be physical, sexual, financial, psychological, social and/or neglect.” (Australian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (ANPEA) 1999).

The World Health Organisation describes elder abuse as a violation of human rights and a significant cause of illness, loss of productivity, isolation and despair (WHO 2002 Active Ageing Policy Framework).

Elder abuse is an issue in our community and can have a significant impact on the life of an older person experiencing abuse. Older people have a right to live their lives safely and free from harm. Abuse can take many forms including physical, financial and emotional abuse. Steps can be taken to safeguard the rights and assets of an older person who may be under pressure to make a decision against their wishes by people close to them. You may know of someone in this situation but are unsure of what you can do to assist.  Resources developed by the Victorian Government can help an older person to assert their rights and protect their assets. Seniors Rights Victoria is the agency to contact. You can call 1300 368 821 if you suspect elder abuse is occurring or if you may be directly affected. Resources can also be found on the SRV website at www.seniorsrights.org.au


DAIS  (Disability Advocacy and Information Service

DAIS is a not-for-profit organisation. The services of DAIS are free, providing advocacy support and information to anyone with a disability, to ensure equality of rights and increased integration into the community.

DAIS advocates provide an outreach service in Mansfield at the the Mansfield Community Centre on the forth Thursday of every month.  To make an appointment phone DIAS on 1300 886 388 or (02) 6056 2430 or email admin@dais.org.au


Mansfield Community Support Register

The Mansfield Community Support Register is a register of your personal information (mainly contact and medical details) which can be used by approved authorities in cases of emergency.  The register gives you the confidence that if you are unable to provide information, for example, due to accident or illness, your medical details and who to notify are readily available to relevant authorities. 

The Mansfield Community Support Register is managed by the Officer in Charge Mansfield Police.  Your details are entered into a confidential computer database at the Mansfield Police Station.  Your records will not be made available to any other person or organisation except authorised emergency support services.

All community members on the register are issued with a business sized identity card, key tag, fridge magnet and window sticker to alert emergency personal that if you have an accident or become ill that they can contact the Register to obtain details about your next of kin, doctor and any other relevant information.  You can also elect to recieve a welfare call on a regular basis.  This is a telephone call to check that all is well with you and establish whether you have any security concerns.

For more information or a registration form call Mansfield Police on 5775 2555 between 8.30am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday.


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