- WA to join the nationally delivered National Disability Insurance Scheme
- New agreement between the WA and Commonwealth governments provides certainty for Western Australians with disability
- Full roll out of the NDIS across WA by 2020
Western Australians with disability have been given greater surety that they will receive the support they need, with the Commonwealth and Western Australian governments today announcing that WA will join the nationally delivered National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Today's agreement replaces the bilateral agreement signed in late January 2017 by the previous State Government for a Western Australian administered NDIS.
It ensures Western Australians with disability, as well as their families and carers, now have certainty of the future of the NDIS in the State.
From July 1, 2018, the National Disability Insurance Agency will assume responsibility for the delivery of the NDIS in WA. The NDIS will continue to roll out on a geographic basis and will be fully rolled out across WA by 2020.
People already taking part in the WA NDIS will transfer to the nationally delivered Scheme in a phased approach commencing in April 2018 which will be concluded by December 2018. They will be contacted by the WA Government to advise them of the decision and the next steps to be taken.
The McGowan Government is working closely with the Commonwealth and NDIA to ensure a smooth transition for people with disability, families and carers, and services providers and staff delivering the NDIS in Western Australia.
Comments attributed to Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson:
"A State-operated NDIS simply could not match the capacity and resourcing that can be achieved by being part of a truly national scheme. Western Australians with disability need and deserve that certainty.
"I also believe that Western Australia would be better placed to influence the future direction of the NDIS as part of a national approach, rather than as an outsider.
"Western Australia has a strong track record in supporting the provision of care and supports to people with disability. We will share the learnings gained from our local approach to support the continuous improvement of the NDIS into the future, for the benefit of all Australians.
"We remain committed to our sector in WA and will continue to stand alongside them during this once in a lifetime reform.
"We will work alongside unions and employer groups to ensure that the workforce is ready for this transition."
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