Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Minister for Environment; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs

    $14 million to assist WA disability sector move to the NDIS

    7/09/2020 4:55 PM
     
    • Forum to determine priority areas for this funding round
    • $20.3 million already allocated to the sector since 2018 

    The State Government has announced a further $14 million is being made available in 2020-21 through the WA Sector Transition Fund.

     

    This funding will assist the State to transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

     

    The Department of Communities is hosting a forum for the sector tomorrow (September 8) to further understand the areas for investment to assist with adjustment to the national scheme.

     

    The WA Sector Transition Fund is designed to safeguard the sustainability of the Western Australian disability sector and the success of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in WA.

     

    Prior consultation with the sector identified a number of key focus areas to ensure sustainable growth of the market while promoting choice and control for people with disability, their family and carers.

     

    In 2018-19, the State Government allocated $20.3 million of Sector Transition Funding, distributed in three phases over two years and targeting workforce development and operational issues for disability service providers arising from their transition to the NDIS.

     

    Sector Transition Fund phase one grant recipients have reported positive impacts arising from their improved business systems and processes.

     

    Projects funded under phase two and phase three are still underway.

     

    Comments attributed to Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson:

     

    "The McGowan Government is committed to ensuring the disability sector in Western Australia receives the appropriate support it needs to operate under the NDIS.

     

    "The WA Sector Transition Fund is helping the WA disability sector remain sustainable so it can continue to offer high-quality services in the NDIS environment.

     

    "We expect that the outcomes of this week's forum will help direct funding to continue our successful transition to the national scheme."

     

    Minister's office - 6552 5800