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. Minister Dawson is yet to make an announcement as to the outcome of this review but we are all hoping it is very soon.
For more information on the WA State NDIS in WA, run by Dept of Communities Disability Services click here
For more information on the Commonwealth NDIS run by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) click here