The WA National Disability Insurance Scheme (WA NDIS) is a way of working with people with disability that supports them to:
- identify their strengths and needs, plus any goals or aspirations they would like to start working towards, and capture these elements in their WA NDIS plan
- explore pathways and strategies to reach the goals outlined in their plan
- choose the supports and services that best suit their needs
- develop stronger links with their local community
- build on natural supports such as friendships, neighbours and local community groups.
WA NDIS is nationally consistent in terms of eligibility, reasonable and necessary supports and portability across the country, yet unique in governance and service delivery.
It is a highly personalised, local, relationship based model of service delivery focused on enabling individuals to plan for their current and future needs.
Every person eligible for the WA NDIS has a Local Coordinator available to support them during the planning process. The time the planning process takes is dependent on what each person needs.
Local Coordinators take time getting to know the individual and having conversations with them about their goals and aspirations. This enables them to support the individual in exploring new strategies and creating a plan that is tailored to their unique needs and goals.
Key features of the WA NDIS include:
- user friendly and easy to navigate
- providing genuine choice and control
- being people based, with a strong focus on relationships
- providing each person with a locally based coordinator
- early engagement in the individualised planning process
- local decision making within the local community
- a strong focus on informal networks and community based supports
- sustainability for regional and remote areas.