NDIS is the National Disability Insurance Scheme – a new way of providing community linking and individualised support for people with permanent and significant disability, their families and carers.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) began in several trial sites around Australia from July 2013 and then from 1 July 2016, the rollout of the NDIS began, in stages, across Australia.
WA had two trial sites, one which was administered by the federal National Disability Insurance Agency, and one which was being administered by our state, Department of Communities, Disability Services.
In WA, on 1 February 2017, a bilateral agreement for the transition to a formal, locally administered NDIS was announced by the then Liberal State Government and the Commonwealth Government.
In March 2017, the newly elected Labor State Government Minister, Hon Stephen Dawson, made a commitment to review the decision regarding a locally administered NDIS, and a thorough consultation with people with disability, their families and the disability sector began.
On the 12 December 2017 the Commonwealth and Western Australian governments announced that Western Australia will join the nationally delivered National Disability Insurance Scheme.
People who are already registered with NDIS in WA will transfer to the national NDIS from April 2018 until December 2018. People already taking part in the WA NDIS will transfer to the nationally-delivered NDIS in a phased approach from April 2018. The transfer of people from the WA NDIS will conclude by December 2018. People transferring from the WA NDIS to the nationally delivered scheme will be contacted by the Western Australian Government to advise them of the next steps they need to take.
The NDIS will roll out on a geographic basis and will be fully rolled out across the State by 2020.
The roll out schedule can be found here http://disability.wa.gov.au/Global/Publications/NDIS/NDIS-Landing-Page/NDIS-transition-schedule-Western-Australia.pdf
For more information about the transition process and some general questions, please continue to the NDIS webpage https://www.ndis.gov.au/about-us/our-sites/WA.html
For more information from the WA State Dept of Communities Disability Services click here
For more information on the Commonwealth National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) click here