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October 29th, 2020

NDIS Support Information for Carers
There is additional funding available to support Victorians and their families who have a disability during COVID-19. You can find information about extra supports for Victorians with a disability here: https://www.ndis.gov.au/coronavirus/advice-victoria
The NDIA has also made changes to better support participants and their carers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The two most important changes are:
• NDIS plans can be extended for up to 24 months. As the applicant, the DHHS does not need to have the plan for the child in your care reviewed for 24 months instead of 12.
• There is now more flexibility with how the Core Supports and Capacity Building budgets within plans are used.
If required, funds can be moved from Capacity Building to Core Support budgets to allow for the purchase of additional day-to-day supports such as a support worker to assist your child to achieve their goals. This needs to be undertaken in consultation with one of the new NDIA special planners.
Special teams of planners in the NDIA are available to help make urgent changes to plans. Call your Support Coordinator or call the NDIA on 1800 800 110 if you are concerned that your child, or a child in your care, has support needs that are not being met.

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