Inspiro is a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provider, supporting people living with permanent and significant disability.

Call us on 97388801 to get started or find out more.


What is the NDIS?

The National Government’s National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides all Australians under the age of 65 who have a permanent and significant disability with the lifelong support they need to improve their wellbeing and enjoy life.

This includes access to health and therapy services, equipment, personal care, help at home and getting involved in the community.

The NDIS provides people with individualised support and the flexibility needed that will help them achieve their goals and enjoy life. Individuals can determine the services they need and have more choice and control over how they receive their services.

The NDIS also connects people with disability, their families and carers with information and referrals to existing support services in the community.

When is the NDIS available? / When will the NDIS be rolled out? / When was the NDIS introduced? / When does the NDIS start?

The NDIS has been rolled out gradually around Australia from 1 July 2016.

For residents of Outer Eastern Melbourne in the local government areas of Yarra Ranges, Maroondah and Knox, the NDIS will become available from 1 November 2017. A person may meet the access requirements to become a participant of the NDIS for up to 6 months prior to this date.

What does Inspiro offer under the NDIS?

As of 1 July 2016, Inspiro will provide services under the NDIS. These services include mental health, occupational therapy and in home assessments, wheelchair fittings, physiotherapy, and speech and occupational therapy for children.

Mental health

Our Psychologist and Counsellors help people with mental health issues or a psychosocial disability with day to day life and recovery. You will be supported to achieve your personal, social and emotional wellbeing goals. Learn new skills including planning and decision making, living independently, building social connections, getting involved in community activities, and goal setting.

Occupational therapy and in home assessments to work out what equipment you need in your home, eg. shower rails, over-toilet frame.

Our occupational therapists help with living independently where everyday activities may be difficult. They can provide:

• Daily living skills and stress management
• Assessments of home safety and access
• Recommendations for home modifications and equipment such as wheelchairs and customised seating.
NDIS and wheelchair fittings

We have a service to measure and fit you for a wheelchair that gives you the most support, comfort, mobility and control. Our wheelchair fitting service is covered by the NDIS; this means there are no out of pocket costs for you.

NDIS and physiotherapy

Our physiotherapists help you maximise your mobility by assessing you and then developing a tailored plan. Your plan may include education, management techniques, home exercise and referral to exercise groups.

See Inspiro's range of groups and programs for the NDIS here:

Physiotherapy is covered by the NDIS, to find out more all us on 9738 8801.

NDIS for children with disabilities

Inspiro currently provides services through NDIS to adults and we are in the process of registering to provide services to children via the NDIS.

Child occupational therapists support children to become more independent in everyday activities. Our therapists help children with hand skills (holding a pencil, cutting), body skills (balancing, catching a ball) and self-care skills (dressing, toileting and sleeping). They can also help if a child has trouble with concentration or managing the information they receive through their senses.
Our Children’s Speech Therapist works with children aged up to school entry who are experiencing speech related problems.

These may include:

• Articulation (speech sounds)
• Fluency (stuttering)
• Use of expressive language
• Understanding language
• Speech therapy for toddlers / young children

NDIS and Community Health Nurses

Our Community Health Nurses help connect you to the health services that you need and coordinate your care program.

I have questions about the NDIS. Who can I talk to?

Call 9738 8801 or email
Am I eligible for the NDIS and who does the NDIS cover? 

To be eligible for the NDIS, you will need to meet the age, residency and disability or early intervention access requirements and you must live in an area where the NDIS is available.
In general, to access the NDIS, you must:
  • Have a permanent impairment that significantly affects your ability to take part in everyday activities, or have a developmental delay;
  • Be aged less than 65 when you first apply to enter the NDIS and meet additional age requirements if you live in SA or TAS;
  • Be an Australian citizen or hold a permanent visa or a Protected Special Category visa.
  • Live in Australia in an NDIS area on a specified date;

For residents of Outer Eastern Melbourne in the local government areas of Yarra Ranges, Maroondah and Knox, the NDIS will become available from 1 November 2017. A person may meet the access requirements to become a participant of the NDIS for up to 6 months prior to this date.
To find out if your eligible to access the NDIS, you can use the NDIS Access Checklist
Who does the NDIS cover?
The NDIS covers:
  1. People with a permanent and significant disability
The NDIS covers all Australians under the age of 65 who have a permanent and significant disability and meet the access requirements. 
  1. NDIS for Carers and Families of  participants
The NDIS also supports families and carers of NDIS participants directly and indirectly, by connecting them with information and referrals to support services in the community, and supports including
  • supports to assist people with disability to enjoy social and community interaction without relying solely on their family or carer
  • training related to the caring role that may enhance a carer’s ability to provide care
Supports that maintain a carer’s health and wellbeing will also be considered. This support may include participation in a support group or a special interest network.

For more information about support for families and carers visit

Who funds the NDIS? / NDIS who pays? / NDIS how is it funded? / What is NDIS funding?

The Australian Government funds the NDIS.

The NDIS provides funding to eligible participants to purchase a range of supports aimed at increasing their independence, inclusion, and social and economic participation. Individual participants choose the services they need from Registered NDIS providers, and pay for them with the funds they receive from the government. Participants must put together a plan of the supports they have chosen and have this reviewed and approved by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).
What is covered by the NDIS?

The NDIS funds a participant’s ‘reasonable and necessary supports’ in a range of areas that help participants to:
  • pursue their goals, objectives and aspirations
  • increase their independence
  • increase social and economic participation, and
  • develop their capacity to actively take part in the community.

The types of supports that the NDIS may fund for participants include:
  • daily personal activities
  • transport to enable participation in community, social, economic and daily life activities
  • workplace help to allow a participant to successfully get or keep employment in the open or supported labour market
  • therapeutic supports including behaviour support
  • help with household tasks to allow the participant to maintain their home environment
  • help to a participant by skilled personnel in aids or equipment assessment, set up and training
  • home modification design and construction
  • mobility equipment, and
  • vehicle modifications.

The types of supports that the NDIS may fund fall into three Support Purpose categories that are covered by the NDIS:
  1. CORE – A support that enables a participant to complete activities of daily living and enables them to work towards their goals and meet their objectives. Examples include:
  2. CAPITAL – An investment, such as assistive technologies; mobility equipment; home modification, design and construction; vehicle modifications; and funding for capital costs (e.g. to pay for Specialist Disability Accommodation).
  3. CAPACITY BUILDING - A support that enables a participant to build their independence and skills. 

For more information about how the NDIS effects you or your family call Inspiro on 97388801.

Inspiro is a not-for-profit health service that provides NDIS services (National Disability Insurance Scheme) and advice, and many other health services to residents of suburbs including:

Badger Creek, Bayswater, Bayswater North, Belgrave, Belgrave Heights, Belgrave South, Boronia, Chirnside Park, Coldstream, Croydon North, Croydon, Croydon Hills, East Warburton, Emerald, Ferny Creek, Healesville, Heathmont, Hoddles Creek, Kallista, Kalorama, Kilsyth South, Kilsyth, Launching Place, Lilydale, Lysterfield, Macclesfield, Menzies Creek, Millgrove, Monbulk, Montrose, Mooroolbark, Mount Dandenong, Mount Evelyn, Narre Warren East, Olinda, Ringwood, Ringwood North, Sassafras, Selby, Seville, Seville East, Silvan, Tecoma, The Patch, Tremont, Upper Ferntree Gully, Upwey, Wandin, Wandin North, Warrandyte South, Warranwood, Warburton, Wesburn, Wonga Park, Woori Yallock, Yarra Valley, Yarra Glen, Yarra Junction and Yellingbo.