Young Victorians with disabilities can celebrate today with the signing of an historic bilateral agreement with the Commonwealth outlining the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Victoria over the next three years.

The Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS) is delighted that young people have certainty of receiving funded supports to enable them to pursue their goals for education, employment and greater independence. YDAS commends Victorian Minister for Housing, Disability & Ageing Martin Foley and Senator Mitch Fifield, Assistant Minister for Social Services for this momentous agreement.

Youth Disability Advocacy Service Manager, Dr George Taleporos, said “young people with disabilities in Victoria have been waiting for too long for basic services such as showers, wheelchairs and other essential supports. The future is bright for the many young people with disabilities across our state who will benefit from the full rollout of the NDIS.”

YDAS estimates that around 10,000 young Victorians with a disability will see their lives transformed by the most important social service reform since the introduction of Medicare.

“Advocacy for young people with disabilities will be more important than ever before as the rollout progresses across the state. We know that young people will need assistance to navigate this new system and to uphold their rights to quality services in the new marketplace,” Dr Taleporos said.

“Furthermore, we need to remember that not all people who need services will qualify for funding under the NDIS and will need even greater assistance to access mainstream services and their local communities.”

YDAS is a state wide advocacy service and a partner agency of the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVic) funded by the Victorian Government. To learn more about YDAS visit the website.

For further comment please call Dr George Taleporos on 0412 814 851 or visit www.ydas.org.au