Vision Australia enjoys positive relationships with Federal, State and Territory governments, enhancing our capacity to provide much needed services to people who are blind or have low vision, their families and the wider community.
Vision Australia receives around $30 million from Federal and State governments to provide services to Australians who are blind or have low vision. However, for every dollar provided by government more than $2 is provided through investments and generous public donations or bequests.
The government funding currently received by Vision Australia is made up of a mixture of block program and individual funding. However, Australian Governments are increasingly embracing person-centered individualised funding arrangements for the delivery of disability services. Individualised funding schemes give eligible individuals, their families or carers the power to choose the supports and services they prefer and manage funding directly.
Individualised Funding Packages
Nationally, two major individualised funding initiatives will revolutionise the way in which Australians who are blind or have low vision gain access to services:
Vision loss can be caused by a number of different diseases, physiological and hereditary conditions, environmental factors, lifestyle or accidents. Most vision loss occurs in people over 55 years of age, however in many cases people are born blind or lose their sight shortly after birth, as children or young and mature adults.
Two significant groups of Australians may be ineligible for support under the National Disability Insurance Scheme:
- As many as 90,000 Australians under 65 years of age whose vision loss is not considered severe enough to entitle them to a disability pension, but which severely affects their day-to-day living, such as losing their driving licence or their job, their ability to get the information they need or move safely around the community.
- Over 200,000 Senior Australians aged 65 years and older coping with vision loss.
Little information has been released about how the 'Living Longer. Living Better' will improve access to disability support services for people who are blind or have low vision and are aged over 65.
Vision Australia is working with government to get positive results for Australians who are blind or have low vision.
Information on Individual Service Packages
Information on the National Disability Insurance Scheme
NDIS: What about me?
Information on 'Living Longer. Living Better'