Disability Services Minister Helen Morton today officially launched the Western Australian National Disability Insurance Scheme My Way trial at a community event in Busselton.
Starting from today, all eligible people with disability in the Lower South West trial site, including those with psychosocial disability, will be entitled to support through the State Government’s WA NDIS My Way.
It means these people, and their families, will not be competing with one another for scarce funding. All eligible people will receive the reasonable and necessary support they require.
An extra $100million, including $40million of State Government funding, is expected to be spent on supporting the 8,400 people in the State’s two NDIS trials over the two-year trial period. This is over and above the funds currently provided to people with disability across the State.
Mrs Morton said the start of the WA NDIS My Way trial marked an exciting new phase in disability service delivery in WA.
“The trial builds on the best elements of our current disability service model so West Australians with disability throughout WA, not just in the trial sites, will continue to receive high quality support and services,” she said.
The Minister said early engagement in a good individualised planning process was central to WA NDIS My Way as it put people with disability at the centre of decision-making about their future.
The State Government is working in close partnership with non-government disability service organisations and other government agencies, such as the Department of Housing and the Department of Health, for the effective delivery of WA NDIS My Way.
In the past year, the number of service providers in the Lower South West has doubled, which will give people with disability greater choice in services.
Also from today, the Commonwealth Government will run a second NDIS trial in the Perth Hills area using the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) model. The two approaches will be independently evaluated over the two-year trial period. The outcome of this evaluation will inform the future of disability services in WA and across the nation.
The Lower South West WA NDIS My Way trial site incorporates Busselton, the shires of Augusta-Margaret River, Boyup Brook, Bridgetown-Greenbushes, Donnybrook-Balingup, Manjimup and Nannup
The cities of Cockburn and Kwinana will join the WA NDIS My Way trial from July 1, 2015
For further information about WA NDIS My Way and to check eligibility requirements, please visit www.disability.wa.gov.au or call 1800 996 214
Minister’s office - 6552 6900