NDIS workforce plan tops list of priorities for WA disability sector
NDS has called on the WA Government to ensure a smooth and successful transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme by developing a strong overarching vision for disability in Western Australia which also meets the state’s obligations under the National Disability Strategy.
'Inclusive WA' is NDS's proposal for the plan for the more than 410,000 people with disability living in WA, outlined in our 2019-2020 Pre-Budget Submission (PBS) which is presented today to Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson.
NDS WA State Manager Julie Waylen said while the State Government had signalled its intention for such a plan, its depth, breadth and funding was still to be determined.
"'Inclusive WA' provides an evidenced-based approach that offers strong guidance and direction and importantly guards against any dilution of State Government commitment to people with disability during the transition to the Commonwealth-administered NDIS," Ms Waylen said.
"NDS has been advocating for a State Disability Plan for some time and we welcome the opportunity to partner with the State Government to develop a plan in consultation with people with disability, their families and the sector.
"NDS is respected for its robust policy development, analysis and representation of the sector and the interests of people with disability. The PBS is about delivering good lives to all people with disability in WA as well as building a successful, vibrant and diverse disability community services sector that can deliver quality supports and services."
Ms Waylen said an important part of this year’s budget submission was investment in a high-quality, skilled and well-trained workforce as WA transitions to the NDIS.
Last year’s NDS WA Disability Services Sector Industry Plan identified that the number of sector jobs is expected to double – 20,144 direct and indirect jobs and that the NDIS will generate more than $2.7B in economic activity in the state. This aligns with the McGowan Government's commitment to jobs and training as its number one priority.
Ms Waylen said a high-performing, high-quality workforce was a significant safeguard for people with disability.
Our PBS 2019-20 puts forward a blueprint for building a sufficient and capable workforce including a disability workforce recruitment campaign and a subsidised training fund to remove financial obstacles in getting the right training support and gaining a qualification.
Another crucial area of focus is improving the economic and social participation of people with disability. Our PBS shows that they do not fare well in critical areas such as education and training, employment, housing, justice and rights protection, accessible and inclusive community infrastructure and health and wellbeing.
The NDS Pre-Budget Submission is a key policy document advising the State Government on required actions essential to improving the lives of people with disability and their families. Importantly, it provides policy options, articulates priorities as well as solutions for Government consideration for funding and implementation in the next budget round.
The PBS is further supported by the following video testimonials:
Melissa Northcott: Melissa, from Seville Grove, has multiple disabilities and is an advocate for people with disability. She speaks on the importance of access and inclusion via the ACROD parking and Companion Card programs: https://youtu.be/3AeImHOYgXA
Bernadette Williams: Bernadette, from Mullaloo, is the Coordinator for Respite Services at Ability Centre. Drawing on many years experience in the disability sector, she speaks about the importance of a capable, high-quality workforce in the delivery of support services for people with disability: https://youtu.be/bqaCMyFvAJs
Liam Dow-Hall: Liam, a young man with Autism and cerebral palsy, speaks about the importance of employment and how his permanent part-time job at the RAC has allowed him to take out a mortgage and given him independence: https://youtu.be/LXbczgwyC2k
For an interview, please contact:
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
NDS is the peak body for non-government disability service organisations and is the only organisation that represents the full spectrum of disability service providers across Australia.
NDS in WA represents a diverse range of small to medium organisations and multiservice large-scale organisations that deliver the vast majority of specialist disability services to nearly 26,000 West Australians with disability, their families and carers. Our reach also extends to around 85,000 people with disability through the provision of ACROD Parking, Companion Card and the Changing Places network.