The Brotherhood of St Laurence has been announced as the provider of Local Area Coordination (LAC) and Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) in Melbourne’s west and beyond.
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has announced the Brotherhood will deliver services in the Western Melbourne region from Carlton to Little River, and across the Brimbank and Melton region, from Sunshine to Melton.
Western Melbourne covers the local government areas of Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong, Melbourne, Moonee Valley and Wyndham, while the Brimbank Melton region covers the Brimbank and Melton local government areas (LGAs).
Local Area Coordination supports the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) at a local community level. In July 2016, the Brotherhood began delivering LAC and ECEI services in north-east Melbourne and in the Hume and Moreland LGAS, and Bayside Peninsula areas in March 2018.
Daniel Leighton, Brotherhood LAC General Manager, said the delivery of the NDIS is a significant milestone for people with disability, their families and their carers living in Melbourne’s west.
“Delivering Local Area Coordination speaks to the Brotherhood’s vision of connecting with and engaging in community,” he said.
“In addition to supporting people with disability to access the NDIS, the Brotherhood will work in partnership with local councils and community groups to identify opportunities to make our communities more inclusive for all people.”
The Brotherhood’s role in delivering Local Area Coordination has a focus on identifying, strengthening and connecting people with disability to community and government supports where appropriate.
The NDIS will become available in the Western Melbourne and Brimbank Melton regions from 1 October 2018, with LAC offices to open across Melbourne’s west, ensuring services are accessible to all in the community.
The Brotherhood will continue its work to increase participation and amplify the voice of people with disability in the communities in which they live.