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WA State Government reconsiders WA’s position on NDIS model

  • Posted on 13 September 2017
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WA State Government reconsiders WA’s position on NDIS model

On 14 June 2017, the Hon Stephen Dawson, Minister for Disability Services addressed WA State Parliament to advise that it had become apparent to the Premier and himself that the NDIS bilateral agreement was entered into without sufficient consideration and detailed evaluation of alternatives, including entry into the Commonwealth scheme.

He also said that the new WA State Government is now evaluating the alternatives, with an eye to the long term best interests of Western Australia and its people.

While the State has been consulting the community, the Minister instructed the Disability Services Commission (now Department of Communities) to pause investments needed to progress the roll-out of the current agreement.  The roll-out the State administered NDIS in the new areas of Kimberley, Pilbara, Rockingham and Mandurah will continue as planned.

At the NDS WA conference on 11 September 2017, the Minister said that the State’s position on the future NDIS model in WA will be announced in the near future.

Read the Minister’s full address here.

Hear from the Minister here

NDIS Roll out commences in new locations

The Department of Communities – Disability Services expanded the NDIS into the local government areas of Rockingham and Mandurah, Kimberley and Pilbara from 1 July 2017.

For people with disability who are not currently connected to the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) in the Perth Hills and surrounding areas (the local government areas of Swan, Kalamunda, Mundaring, Bayswater, Bassendean, Chittering, Toodyay, Northam and York), from 1 July 2017 people should lodge their requests for eligibility with the Department for Communities- Disability Services.  Read the Fact Sheet here.

Disability Services Commission becomes part of new government department

On 28 April 2017, the Premier of Western Australia announced significant changes to the public sector which aim to create collaborative departments focused on whole-of-government objectives.

The newly-formed Department of Communities comprises several existing agencies, including:

  • Disability Services Commission
  • Department for Child Protection and Family Support
  • Department of Housing (including Housing Authority)
  • The communities component of the Department of Local Government and Communities
  • Regional Services Reform Unit
  • The regional coordination and engagement component of the former Department of Aboriginal Affairs.
  • Youth Justice Services will transfer from the Department of Justice in the near future.

The new Department provides an opportunity to reduce the red tape and focus on enabling individuals, families and communities to achieve outcomes.

The roll-out of the WA National Disability Insurance Scheme will continue under the Department of Communities.

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