Key messages for current NDIS Service Providers
- If people require general information or updates on the NDIS please refer them to the NDIA website www.ndis.gov.au
- The resources on the NDIA website should be used to explain the NDIS where relevant in any materials created and presentations e.g. the NDIS in Western Australia video clip, rollout areas etc.
- Those with a WA NDIS plan will individually be transferred across to the national scheme from April 2018. Any WA NDIS appeals will occur through the Department of Communities, Disability Services (State Government) until the transfer occurs.
- If you are speaking to or providing material to people with disability in a rollout area or who are yet to transfer their plan across to NDIA then ‘Local Coordinator’ needs to be used rather than ‘Local Area Coordinator’.
Pre – 1 July 2018 – Rollout Areas
- If a person in a rollout area wishes to test their eligibility prior to 1 July 2018, they should go to the ‘Am I Eligible’ checker (http://www.disability.wa.gov.au/wa-ndis/wa-ndis/eligibility/) to determine if they meet the requirements. If the person is eligible it will provide the correct contact information.
- If a person in a rollout area wishes to test their eligibility they can also contact a Local Coordinator at a Department of Communities, Disability Services Office prior to 1 July 2018.
- In rollout areas please provide the WA NDIS contact information (WANDIS@dsc.wa.gov.au and 1800 996 214) or the local Department of Communities, Disability Services office details until 1 July 2018.
- The State Government Support Clusters and Pricing Framework applies until the person is transferred to NDIA.
Post – 1 July 2018 – Rollout Areas
General Information for Current NDIS Service Providers
- The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) gives people with disability choice and control over the supports and services they receive to actively participate in their community, achieve their personal goals and live the life they want.
- This announcement means the agreement signed in January 2017 by the previous Western Australian Government for a State-delivered NDIS will be replaced and the transition will be carried out in a planned, phased approach.
- Joining the nationally-delivered NDIS will give assurance for people with disability that they will continue to receive funding to access the care and supports they need in the same way as all other Australians.
- A truly national scheme can deliver ongoing certainty about the resourcing for the Scheme.
- The NDIS is a major transformation to the way that services are provided to people with disability that also represents a significant social and economic reform for all Australians.
- Eligibility criteria, the provision of reasonable and necessary supports, and most importantly, choice and control for people with disability in WA will be the same as it is in all other States and as it currently is for all WA NDIS participants.
Timing and roll-out details
- From 1 July 2018, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) will take over responsibility from the WA Government for delivering the NDIS.
- The NDIS will continue to roll out on a geographic basis in line with the previously agreed roll out schedule.
- The NDIS will be fully rolled out across WA by 2020.
- People already in the WA NDIS will transfer to the nationally-delivered Scheme from April 2018. This includes their current supports and services. All transfers will be completed by 31 December 2018.
- Current WA NDIS participants will continue to be supported by the WA NDIS as they transfer to the NDIA. The NDIA will continue to support participants in its existing sites.
- The NDIA will work closely with the WA Government to ensure people transition to the nationally-delivered Scheme without disruption to their services and supports.
- Information sessions will be held in the coming months to explain the changes and help Western Australians find out more about transitioning to the nationally-delivered NDIS.
- More information is available from the WA page on the National Disability Insurance Scheme website at www.ndis.gov.au or by calling 1800 800 110.
What does this change mean for existing WA NDIS participants?
- People already in the WA NDIS will transfer to the nationally-delivered Scheme from April 2018. All transfers will be completed by 31 December 2018.
- People will receive a letter from the WA Government to let them know how they will be supported to transfer to the NDIA.
- People in the WA NDIS will be asked to give their consent to transfer to the national Scheme. Giving consent means that people within the WA NDIS can easily transfer their plan to the NDIA system and continue to access the support they need without disruption.
- People with disability will continue to receive their current supports and services until they transfer to the NDIA.
What does this change mean for people who have not yet joined the NDIS and live in a current WA NDIS area?
- People who live in a current WA NDIS area but have not yet joined the Scheme still have an opportunity to join before WA transitions to the nationally-delivered NDIS.
- People are encouraged to contact their Local Coordination office to find out if they are eligible to join.
- Local Coordinators will confirm the individual’s eligibility for the WA NDIS before helping them through the planning process.
- Between April and December 2018, people taking part in the WA NDIS will transfer to the nationally-delivered NDIS in a phased approach. People will receive a letter from the WA Government to let them know how they will be supported to transfer to the NDIA.
- People will continue to be supported by the WA NDIS until they transfer to the nationally-delivered NDIS.
What does this change mean for people in non-WA NDIS areas?
- New participants who are eligible will be able to enter the Scheme as the NDIS rolls out into their region.
- The NDIA will contact people who receive State Government-funded disability services once the nationally-delivered Scheme starts to roll into their area.
- The NDIA will continue to provide services to participants in its existing sites.
- People who are not eligible for the NDIS but receive State Government-funded supports will continue to receive their existing supports.