PEARCE residents living with disability can now have greater confidence they will receive the support and services they need as a result of Western Australia’s decision to join the national scheme, according to the state and federal governments.
Pearce MHR Christian Porter, who this week in a Cabinet reshuffle became the federal Attorney General, and state Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson said from July 1 next year the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) would assume responsibility for the delivery of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Western Australia.
Both said the NDIS would continue to roll out on a geographic basis and be fully rolled out across Western Australia by July 2020.
Mr Porter said the agreement between the Australian and Western Australian governments meant people with disability, their families, and carers would have access to a truly national scheme, regardless of where they lived.
“In Pearce, existing NDIS participants in Swan, Chittering, Northam, Toodyay and York will transfer to the national scheme between April and December 2018,’’ he said.
“The NDIS provides a lifetime approach to supporting people with disability, providing peace of mind for participants, their families, and carers.
“From July 1, 2018 the National Disability Insurance Agency will assume responsibility for the delivery of the NDIS in Western Australia.”
Mr Dawson said a state-operated NDIS simply could not match the capacity and resourcing that could be achieved by being part of a truly national scheme.
He said Western Australians with disability needed and deserved that certainty.
“I also believe that Western Australia would be better placed to influence the future direction of the NDIS as part of a national approach, rather than as an outsider,’’ he said.
“Western Australia has a strong track record in supporting the provision of care and supports to people with disability.
“We will share the learnings gained from our local approach to support the continuous improvement of the NDIS into the future, for the benefit of all Australians.
“We remain committed to our sector in WA and will continue to stand alongside them during this once in a lifetime reform.’’
Mr Dawson also said the state government would work alongside unions and employer groups to ensure the workforce was ready for transition to the federal scheme.
By Anita McInnes