WA to join national NDIS program

The Commonwealth and Western Australian governments have announced 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 1 July 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.

 

Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson said, "A State-operated NDIS simply could not match the capacity and resourcing that can be achieved by being part of a truly national scheme.

 

"We will work alongside unions and employer groups to ensure that the workforce is ready for this transition."

 

15 December 2017.