More than 1,000 people became eligible for disability-related supports and services through the State Government's WA National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) My Way trial in its fifth quarter.
Disability Services Minister Helen Morton said that the Cockburn-Kwinana area joined the trial on July 1, 2015, opening the door to many more people with disability who will be able to benefit from an NDIS.
"After a full 12 months of operating in the Lower South-West and four months in Cockburn-Kwinana, the trial is going according to plan with eight months to go. Feedback is continuing to inform the roll out," Mrs Morton said.
"To prepare for the trial's expansion we've sought new premises and recruited and trained more than 40 extra team members whose key focus has been engaging people in the individualised planning process.
"As we expanded in the metropolitan area, service providers have again been key partners. Sixty more organisations were endorsed to provide supports and services in the trial, giving greater choice to people with disability, their families and carers.
Overall, 1,839 people are now eligible to access supports and services through the WA NDIS My Way trial and the trends remain positive. Of those, 1,559 people have a completed plan. The remainder are either developing or reviewing their plan.
"Detailed goal-based planning is key to people with disability being able to achieve positive outcomes," the Minister said.
"Of those people who have had their plan reviewed this quarter, 90 per cent of their plan goals were achieved, which is wonderful."
Mrs Morton said the State Government is committed to rolling out the NDIS to all eligible West Australians.
"People with disability and their families need access to the NDIS as soon as possible," she said.
"Our objective is to ensure people with disability in WA can achieve the same or better outcomes as those in other States, as well as local operational control to provide flexibility to respond to the particular needs of people in this State."
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
For more information, phone 1800 996 214 or email MyWay@dsc.wa.gov.au
Minister's office - 6552 6900