What is the NDIS?
The NDIS draws together eligibility, allocation, and funding of all disability-related supports under one scheme.
NDIS support focuses on the goals a person identifies as being important to them. The goals are written in a person’s NDIS plan and it is only through this annual plan that funding for disability support becomes available.
The amount of funding each person receives will depend on their individual goals, needs and the types and cost of supports they have in their individual plan.
What’s happening with the NDIS in WA now?
In December 2017, it was announced that the Commonwealth Government’s National Disability Insurance Agency will operate the NDIS in Western Australia for the future. This brings to a close the WA NDIS trial conducted by the former Disability Services Commission.
I’m not sure about joining the NDIS, do I have to?
If you are eligible for the NDIS and wish to continue to receive disability-related supports, you must join the NDIS when your suburb rolls into the scheme.
I’ve received a phone call about the NDIS, what should I do?
WA NDIS Local Coordinators (LCs) are contacting people with WA NDIS plans to confirm that they give consent to move into the national NDIS. The consent can be made in writing, over the telephone or face to face. You must give your consent if you wish to continue to receive disability supports.
If you don’t have an individual plan for disability support but are connected to a Local Coordinator or disability service provider, the NDIA’s National Access Team will contact you by phone or letter as your area gets closer to NDIS roll in. Some people will be contacted before an area starts to transition while others will be contacted during the transition period. They will seek to verify your personal details, age and residency status for NDIS eligibility purposes.
If you are uneasy about the phone call, contact your Identitywa Team Leader who will be happy to assist you with the NDIA contact.
Do I have to make an access request to the NDIS if I am a WA NDIS participant already? I have received a letter that says I do.
The NDIA is currently investigating an issue in relation to the issuing of automated letters to WA NDIS participants. The letter incorrectly states that WA NDIS participants will have to make an access request.
No further letters will be sent until the issue is rectified. If you are a WA NDIS participant, you will be contacted by the NDIA to ask how you would like to have your transfer meeting, who you would like to attend the meeting and where to have the meeting.
Based on your preference, a plan transfer meeting will be arranged between you and a NDIA planner. Some people may like to have the transfer meeting with a family member, service provider or their Local Coordinator present. Individuals who have a WA NDIS plan and their providers can prepare for the transfer meeting by having information about the nature, duration and days when supports are provided available to share with the NDIA.
When can I access the NDIS?
The NDIS will continue to roll out across WA, with all eligible people being able to access to the Scheme by 30 June 2020. See the metropolitan area roll-out map here.
Where can I find some tools to help me with planning?
Identitywa’s has helpful NDIS Planning Workbook which can be accessed here.
I have a WA NDIS plan with Disability Services, what happens to me?
WA NDIS Local Coordinators (LCs) are progressively contacting people with WA NDIS plans to confirm that they give consent to move into the national NDIS. The consent can be made in writing, over the telephone or face to face.
LCs will notify the NDIA when your consent is received and will forward your personal details to them. The NDIA will then phone you to organise meeting time and place to discuss your plan transfer and confirm your choice of service providers. This meeting will be with a NDIA Planner and any support people you would like to be present.
The transfer involves information from WA NDIS plans being moved from WA’s systems to NDIA’s systems. Identitywa Planning Officers and Team Leaders will provide the additional information the NDIA needs to successfully and seamlessly transfer your plan. Identitywa will support you throughout the transfer.
The transferred NDIS plan will be in place for around one year after which time it will be reviewed. The review is a normal part of the NDIS pathway.
The timeframe for transfer of WA NDIS plans is between 1 April and 31 December 2018. This will include people in Armadale, Cockburn, Kwinana, Lower South West, Mandurah, Murray, Rockingham and Serpentine-Jarrahdale.
I have an NDIS plan with the NDIA in Midland, what happens to me?
There are no changes to your arrangements. Identitywa will continue to provide you with the support you request.
Identitywa Team Leaders will assist you with the reviews of your existing plan and pre-planning in advance of the development of your new plan with the NDIA.
This includes people in the Perth Hills, Bayswater, Bassendean, Chittering, Toodyay, Northam and York local government areas.
I don’t have any NDIS plan at all yet, what happens to me?
If you are already receiving disability supports but don’t have a plan, the NDIA will contact you by phone or letter as your suburb gets closer to NDIS roll in. Some people will be contacted before an area starts to transition while others will be contacted during the transition period.
- Your existing disability supports will continue until you transition to the NDIS (meaning that there will be no break in service).
Arrange a one-on-one pre-planning session with Identitywa. Our staff will assist you to prepare for your first meeting with the NDIA planner by helping you to shape your current and future goals and ensure your immediate support needs can be met.
We will work in partnership with you across the life of your plan, ensuring your supports are tailored to suit your unique situation and that of your family.
If you have not previously been in receipt of disability supports, contact an Identitywa Planning Officer on 9474 3303 / firstname.lastname@example.org
I don’t know if I will be eligible for the NDIS, what should I do?
- Almost everyone currently receiving disability supports will be eligible for the NDIS. If you are uncertain or have any concerns, your Identitywa Team Leader will help you.
- For the few people who will not be NDIS eligible, although they will not be part of the Scheme the governments have given a commitment for their current level of support to continue. Individuals receiving support from Identitywa now who are not eligible for the NDIS can continue to receive their support from Identitywa if they choose to.
- If you have never sought disability services before, contact us and we will assist you to apply.
- Read more about eligibility for the NDIS here.