Here at the City of Greater Dandenong we aim to address the issues of disadvantage and exclusion experienced by people with disabilities. Our focus is on a holistic, long term and sustainable change. Council's Community Access team achieve this by:
- working to increase community awareness
- bringing together a broad range of stakeholders in supporting change
- working in partnership on local area planning and development to address issues of exclusion experienced by people with disabilities
- developing partnerships and projects that respond to local needs and priorities.
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Greater Dandenong's Commitment to People with a Disability
The City of Greater Dandenong's Disability Policy and Disability Action Plan 2017-23 highlights Council’s commitment to access and inclusion for all people, and outlines Council’s response to various legislative responsibilities including the Disability Discrimination Act 1992.
Disability Advisory Committee
The Disability Advisory Committee provides advice to the City of Greater Dandenong Council in relation to access, inclusion and services in the community and on implementation of the Disability Action Plan 2017-23.
The Disability Advisory Committee provides an important forum for identifying current and future issues and advising Council about effective policy and strategic direction regarding people with disabilities in the City of Greater Dandenong.
The Disability Advisory Committee is a non-constituted committee of Council which includes people with disabilities, their family members, carers and service providers and a Councillor being nominated through the annual statutory appointment process to be a member of this Committee.
For more information on the Disability Advisory Committee contact Council.
National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
The National Disability Insurance Scheme is an insurance support scheme of the Australian Government that funds costs associated with disability. The scheme was legislated in 2013 and went into full operation in 2020. The scheme is administered by the National Disability Insurance Agency.
The City of Greater Dandenong is part of the NDIS and located in the Southern Region along with Casey Council and Cardinia Shire.
To support the National Disability Insurance Agency to roll out the scheme in the Southern Region Local Area Coordination is providers by partners. The partners located in the Southern Region are Latrobe Community Health Service and LINK Health and Community.
Latrobe Community Health Services offer support for persons 7-65 years old. Contact 1800 242 696 or visit website.
LINK Health and Community offer support for persons under 7 years old contact 1800 546 532. Persons need to ask for NDIS Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI). For further information visit LINK website.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is made up of two parts that work together to support people with a disability and their families and carers:
• individual NDIS plans which provide reasonable and necessary supports for eligible people with disability
• Information Linkages and Capacity building (ILC).
The ILC is about inclusion – supporting people with disability to have an ordinary life, so they can access the same services, opportunities and experiences as anyone else in the community. The ILC will support people without an NDIS plan and contribute to breaking down barriers to participation for all people with a disability.