The Australian and Western Australian Governments have reached an agreement to bring WA into the NDIS. It replaces a previous agreement for a WA administered scheme that will now be a shared commitment by Australian Governments and is the final step towards making it a national scheme. From July1, 2018, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) 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 the state by 2020. People already taking part in the WA NDIS will transfer to the nationally delivered scheme in a phased approach from April 2018 to be concluded by December 2018.
Both the federal and state governments will work closely with the NDIA to implement the transition with information sessions for people with disability and service providers ahead of the progressive roll out.
For people with disability, their families and carers the MY NDIS Pathway is the best starting point for information about the NDIS, how to access the NDIS and planning process. For service providers who have not already registered with the NDIS, the Provider Toolkit is a user-friendly online tool that takes providers through the seven steps of the Provider Pathway with step-by-step guides, videos, FAQs and interactive e-learning activities.
The announcement is well timed for the first ATSA Independent Living Expo that will be held in Perth from May 30-31, 2018. The Expo will display a wide range of products and services in assistive technology, mobility solutions, pressure care, employment support, accessible recreation/holiday ideas, modified motor vehicles and more. The event is open to visitors of all ages, including those with disability, family, friends and carers and admission is free.
For more information on the NDIS visit: www.ndis.gov.au