Hon Helen Morton MLC

Hon Helen Morton MLC

Former Minister for Mental Health; Disability Services; Child Protection

    NDIS My Way trial reaches 12-month milestone

    18/08/2015 9:00 AM
    • 777 people now eligible for supports and services in the WA NDIS My Way trial
    • 688 individuals have completed WA NDIS My Way plans
    • Cockburn-Kwinana area joined trial on July 1, 2015

    A year after its launch, the State Government's National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) My Way trial in the Lower South West continues to deliver positive outcomes for people with disability, their families and carers.


    Disability Services Minister Helen Morton said the strength of the first year of the trial and the benefits being seen was great news for people with disability in the Cockburn-Kwinana area, which joined the trial recently on July 1, 2015.


    "In the South-West we are 12 months in and it is very encouraging to note the large number of people who are already achieving the goals in their plan and reporting that participation in the trial is changing their lives for the better," Mrs Morton said.


    "People continue to tell us how pivotal their My Way Coordinator is in the planning process. Being based in their community means the co-ordinators have extensive local knowledge so they are well placed to know what's working and can respond quickly to people's changing needs or circumstances."


    The knowledge and experience gained in the Lower South West during the first year of the trial will be applied to the Cockburn-Kwinana area and provides an opportunity for further testing of the model in a higher density, more urban environment.


    The Minister said another success was that the trial had been delivered in partnership with the disability and mental health sectors.


    "I know that strong and productive relationships between the government, non-government and community sectors have been central to the achievements of NDIS My Way in the Lower South West and expect this will be no different in the Cockburn-Kwinana area," she said.


    The indicators regarding the trial's financial sustainability also remain positive, as highlighted in the actuary's annual report.


    Psychosocial disability remains the most commonly identified primary disability for new individuals in the trial with 92 people in this category now eligible for supports and services.


    Fact File

    • The two NDIS trials being run in WA are the State Government's WA NDIS My Way trial in the Lower South West and the Cockburn-Kwinana area, and the Commonwealth Government's NDIS National Disability Insurance Agency trial in the Perth Hills
    • The two approaches are being independently evaluated over the two-year trial period. The outcome of this evaluation will help inform future disability services in WA
    • For more information, visit http://www.disability.wa.gov.au  or call 1800 996 214

    Minister's office - 6552 6900