NDS welcomes signing of WA NDIS Bilateral Agreement
National Disability Services in WA, representing more than 100 disability service organisations, congratulates the Western Australian and Commonwealth governments on signing a bilateral agreement for a WA-administered National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
This milestone agreement announced today for a State-run, nationally consistent NDIS is now a firm reality and gives people with disability and the disability services sector certainty about how and when the Scheme will be implemented in WA.
Over the next few years, an estimated 39,000 West Australians with disability will access vital services and supports through the NDIS, giving them increased choice and control over their lives.
NDS WA State Manager Julie Waylen acknowledged the collaborative efforts of the State and Commonwealth governments in reaching an agreement to benefit West Australians with disability and their families.
Ms Waylen said the significant shared financial commitment of $3.4billion, comprising $2billion from the WA State Government and $1.4billion from the Commonwealth, demonstrated a strong commitment to improving the lives of West Australians with disability.
She said a locally-administered NDIS would be well placed to reflect the circumstances of the diverse and vast geographical regions across Western Australia. The phased roll out over the next three years commences 1 July 2017. Importantly it was very pleasing to note that people with disability living in the Kimberley-Pilbara regional areas as well as the South metropolitan area will be able to access services and supports as soon as July.
“It is good to see the agreement mirrors key elements of the national Scheme and ensures the same level of funding and support as other people with disability participating in the NDIS across Australia. The WA disability sector has campaigned long and hard for NDIS and we look forward to bringing our expertise and knowledge to help implement this significant reform for WA.’’ she said.
“As this landmark agreement for NDIS in WA takes effect it is critical the disability sector and people with disability, their families and carers continue to have a strong voice in shaping the new WA NDIS Authority and legislation to ensure it best meets their needs into the future. ’’
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Strategic Media Consultant, National Disability Services (NDS) WA
T: 08 9208 9817
M: 0432 498 445
State Manager, National Disability Services (NDS) WA
T: 08 9208 9805
M: 0419 938 307
About NDS in WA
NDS WA is the peak industry association representing disability services providers state wide. Collectively, NDS WA members operate thousands of services for West Australians with all types of disability.
Through three community service programs; ACROD Parking, Companion Card and Community Living and Participation Grants, NDS WA has significant positive impact on the lives of people with disability. Through these programs, more than 70,000 West Australians with a disability get better access to services and supports, are able to confidently attend a venue or event, purchase equipment or participate in a program to support diverse needs.
Disability affects one-third of the Western Australian population. An estimated total of 389,000 Western Australians have a disability and approximately 246,800 Western Australians are carers for people with a disability.