On the 1 July 2018 the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) assumed responsibility for the delivery of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Western Australia.
Covering all government-funded disability services in the state it is anticipated the NDIS will be rolled out by 30 June 2020 through a staged implementation.
The NDIS was designed to support the independence and social and economic participation of people with disability by providing reasonable and necessary supports including early intervention supports.
Objectives of the NDIS include:
It is anticipated these objectives will be achieved by governments working together to adopt an insurance-based approach to the provision and funding of supports for people with disability.
NDIS documentation clearly iterates that funding for supports is determined by consideration of the person’s individual needs, goals and aspirations; and that the NDIS is not welfare but a scheme investing in participants to improve long-term outcomes.
Reflecting the NDIS being a person-centred, consumer driven market the WA Government (2018) reports the number of service providers registered to deliver services has expanded from ninety-five (95) in 2013 to approximately two hundred and seventy (270) as of July 2018. The changing marketplace has invited new service providers into the disability sector including those without a disability-experienced background, therapists and those specialising in supporting people with psychosocial disabilities.
For current disability service providers
Organisations providing supports for people living with disability through Department of Communities Disability Services or the WA HACC Program are to register for NDIS. For organisations wanting to add new clusters or locations registration processes are to be followed.
For organisations who are registered service providers the WA Government has recently released a $20.3 million transitional funding package to support these agencies to move to the NDIS. Available over two years this funding can assist agencies with NDIS readiness, understanding and engagement by adapting business models and operations.
For new disability service providers
Moving to a consumer-driven market is encouraging new providers to offer disability services promoting increased choice for people with disability and driving sector efficiency. New providers navigating the registration system can feel overwhelmed with the oversupply of information and minimal person-to-person guidance on how to understand this information.
To help with this, new providers wanting to deliver NDIS services in Western Australia are to:
Help by Consultivation
At Consultivation we understand change can be daunting for some and full of opportunities for others but most of all challenging for most. We are here to help by supporting you on your journey. We can assist with change and project management, transitioning services, understanding person-centred and consumer-driven markets and capacity building of staff. We can also assist organisations with navigating the systems ahead.
Consultivation is an independent consultancy service driven by an ethical values base
supporting businesses and people to flourish in the community, and aged care and disability sectors.
Australian Government, National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013, No 20, (2013) Canberra
WA Government, Request for EOI for WA Disability Sector Transition Funds, (2018) Perth
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