Senator Mitch Fifield, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Helen Morton, Minister for Disability Services today reaffirmed the Commonwealth and State’s commitment to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
There will be two trials taking place in Western Australia, the national NDIS model in the Perth Hills area, and the WA NDIS My Way model in the State’s Lower South West. These will commence on July 1, 2014, with an additional WA NDIS My Way trial in the Cockburn-Kwinana area set to begin in July 2015.
Visiting the Autism Association of Western Australia today, Senator Fifield said that both the State and Federal governments have committed additional funding totalling over $100million, over two years, to the trials. This is over and above the funding already provided for people with disability in the trial sites.
“The NDIS will ensure people with disability, their families and carers have greater choice and control over their lives. It will mean greater access to more individualised support and services so that they can have more independence to participate in social and economic life,” he said.
Disability Services Minister Helen Morton said preparations for the My Way trial are well under way, and the State is ready for the start date in three months’ time.
“In these trials the funds required for ‘reasonable and necessary supports’ will be provided to all people with disability to live a good life. This is the first time that funding will be available as an entitlement.
“The WA NDIS My Way approach to supporting people with disability is contemporary and truly person-centred. The model builds on the strengths of the State’s already highly regarded disability services system, underpinned by decades of practical experience in relationship based support,” she said.
“With support from their My Way Coordinator, participants will create a plan that details what a good life looks like for them. A person’s plan reflects their unique goals and, importantly, details the strategies that will be used to make it happen.”
The Minister said that early engagement in good individualised planning process is central to WA NDIS My Way as it puts people with disability at the centre of the decision making about their future.
The model fosters community inclusion by building on the natural supports available to people in their own communities, like friendships, clubs and groups.
“WA is one of the States where supports and services will be available to people with psychosocial disability from day one of the trial and staff with experience in mental health are already part of the Lower South West team,” Mrs Morton said.
WA NDIS My Way will make a difference to the lives of about 4,100 people with disability, including those with psychosocial disability.
The State Government has increased funding for the disability sector throughout Western Australia by 96 per cent since 2008-09. Growth funding will continue for all WA residents with disability, whether they live in a trial site or not.
Legislation supporting the trial was introduced into State Parliament, March 13, 2014
Perth Hills and Lower South West - July 1, 2014
Cockburn-Kwinana - July 1, 2015
The NDIS Perth Hills trial will cover residents in: City of Swan, Shire of Kalamunda and Shire of Mundaring
The WA NDIS My Way trial in the Lower South West will cover residents in: City of Busselton and Shires of Augusta-Margaret River, Boyup Brook, Bridgetown-Greenbushes, Donnybrook-Balingup, Manjimup and Nannup
Disability Services Minister’s office - 6552 6900