CHIA Vic’s training goes online

In a training first for CHIA Vic, we have created an online course to assist housing workers to understand the NDIS. The free course has three modules that cover an overview of the NDIS and eligibility; the Housing Workers’s role; the NDIS pathway and how to Talk to Tenants.

The course complements a range of resources, tools and templates specific to the community housing sector that are now available on our website and face-to-face training for housing workers.

CHIA Vic runs multiple training for members and stakeholders during the year, but this is the first time the organisation has ventured into online training.

You can view the NDIS resources here, or go directly to the online course.

NDIS learning portal

The Department of Health and Human Services has released Get NDIS Ready, a new learning portal with free access to learning modules.

The portal has been developed as part of Keeping Our Sector Strong – Victoria’s NDIS Workforce plan.

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Consultation on the NDIS review

The Australian Government has commissioned a Review of the NDIS Act to inform the development of the new NDIS Participant Service Guarantee.

VCOSS is convening a consultation to inform our submission to this review.  We invite you or a representative of your organisation to attend and help inform our feedback and set our priorities.

Tuesday 8 October 2019

2pm – 4pm

St Michael’s Uniting Church, 120 Collins St Melbourne

Please register your attendance online  

 People with disability, the sector and the broader community campaigned long and hard for the introduction of the NDIS. As the scheme continues to grow and evolve, it is important that every Australian counts and that everyone is able to understand, access and navigate the scheme.

The scope of this review is very wide and in this instance, VCOSS will be unable to respond to every element of the review discussion paper. In this submission VCOSS is proposing to focus on the challenges experienced by people facing intersectional disadvantage, additional barriers and greater complexity in understanding, accessing and navigating the NDIS. Key themes for discussion in this context will include:

  • Awareness and understanding of the NDIS
  • The interface and collaboration with mainstream and community services
  • NDIS experiences across eligibility, access and planning phases
  • Plan implementation, including finding and choosing providers and accessing support within thin markets
  • Navigating the plan changes, review and appeals processes
  • Quality and impact measures

This review presents an opportunity to highlight the challenges experienced, propose positive changes, reduce red tape and improve participant experiences.

If you are unable to attend but wish to provide input, please contact Rhiannon Wapling on 9235 1000.

 Please note, this consultation is for VCOSS members and Empowered Lives members only.

The NDIS’s design era

Mental Health Royal Commission submissions open

Community housing organisations have the opportunity to provide a submission to the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System with submissions due by 5 July. (CHOs will have an opportunity to provide feedback on the interim report when it is released in November.)

CHIA Vic is preparing a submission on behalf of the sector, but individual organisations are encouraged to prepare their own to highlight the importance of stable, adequate, affordable, and available housing in preventing mental ill-health, achieving positive treatment outcomes, and sustaining mental health gains.

The Council to Homeless Persons has developed a messaging guide for those wanting to make a submission. Click here for details.

You can also  view CHIA Vic’s research into the impact of the loss of mental health supports on community housing businesses and our tenants, which found up to 6500 community housing tenants in Victoria may be living with severe mental ill-health.

Most are unlikely to be eligible for services under the NDIS, and mental health services are quickly disappearing outside of the NDIS. This is creating significant support gaps for people with mental ill health.

New NDIS and Housing Interest Group

The NDIS rollout is beginning to have a significant impact on a number of CHIA Vic members and their tenants, both in the development and management spaces.  This includes those seeking to develop new Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) and managing existing stock as the environment for both housing managers and support providers changes.

These changes also extend to ‘the Other 94 per cent’ who do not receive SDA funding and access other housing options such as  community housing. CHIA Vic has held a scoping meeting with a few members to begin to understand how the changes in support are impacting on tenants – but we need to do more.

CHIA Vic has engaged experienced consultant Joseph Connellan to bring together interested CHIA Vic members for meeting with the view of establishing a CHIA Vic NDIS and Housing Interest Group.

Interested members are invited to attend this inaugural meeting and participate in designing the operation and work plan for this Interest Group. Joseph will distribute a briefing paper to those who have registered a few days before the meeting, which will be held on Thursday, July 5 at CHIA Vic.

Click here for details and to register.