Jets saved! Teen disability program saved as council steps in

Hunt on to find an NDIS provider to take over funding service in the long-term

A TEEN disability program will continue to run despite the State Government pulling its cash support in favour of NDIS providers.
Heidelberg West-based Jets Creative Arts Program is regionally unique and Banyule Council has decided it will fund the service for up to 12 months while it tries to find an NDIS provider to take over the program in the long-term.

The council decided it would not apply to be a service provider when the NDIS was rolled out in Banyule earlier this year. Heidelberg Leader previously reported the families of young people in the Jets respite program – which helps develop social skills and community connections – submitted a 25 signature petition asking the council to find a suitable solution for the services to continue.

Cr Jenny Mulholland said it was pleasing the council would be funding the service after residents on the disability committee had been concerned about the program’s future.

The State Government signed a three-year agreement with the Federal Government to double funding for disability support services across the state.

NDIS provides money to people with a disability to choose the services they need, rather than the government giving the money directly to organisations to run programs.

The council will provide funding to the Jets Creative Arts Program for up to 12 months after the Department of Health and Human Services money stops in December. It will allocate $56,500 from both the 2016-17 and 2017-18 budgets to fund the program, but will advocate to non-profit organisations that are already NDIS agencies to start services.