The NDIS is the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). It is a new national disability system where people with disabilities will have more choice and control about their supports than before, and be able to get the services that suit them.

In the NDIS, your funding is allocated to you, the person with the disability, instead of to service providers in block funding. This means you have the choice and control to get the supports and services that you need and that work best for you. The NDIS bases the funding you get on a plan which includes the services and supports you need. Everyone’s plan is different, because every person is different and may need different kinds of supports. You work with a Local Coordinator or planner to develop your plan.

The NDIS is being rolled out around Australia and should cover everyone by 2020.

WA is currently running its own system under the NDIS guidelines. There are some differences in the way that the scheme operates in WA.


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DSWA pre-planning and self-management project

Over the past few months, we’ve produced two resource booklets and some fact sheets, on pre-planning and self-management, to help you prepare for developing your NDIS plan.

We have also run workshops in areas that are in NDIS in WA rollout areas. These workshops will continue in various areas over the next 12 months.

The resources and workshops are part of a WA Information, Linkages and Capacity Building Program (ILC) grant funded by the Department of Communities (Disability Services).

You can download the booklets here by clicking on the links below:


NDIS and Me: Steps to Self-Managing in WA Workbook
PDF Format / Word Format

NDIS and Me: Steps to Plan in WA Workbook
PDF Format / Word Format

If you are in a rollout area, and can’t make it to any of the workshops, let us know, and we can make other arrangements, such as phone or Skype. As the rollout in WA continues we will be running sessions in the new areas.

We will list the workshops here when we have finalised the dates and venues for 2018.

DSWA is registering to provide NDIS funded supports and services

DSWA is currently registering as a disability services provider. This means you will be able to use your NDIS or NDIS in WA funding to purchase some of your services from DSWA.

The areas we are registering for are:

  • Daily Living – Support with daily life tasks to enable individuals to live as autonomously as possible.
  • Wellbeing – Person is engaged in valued roles through participation in community, vocational and/or educational activities, and/or employment.

We will be building our services and supports from a peer group perspective and looking beyond the traditional pathways and opportunities currently available to people with Down syndrome. The Daily Living area also offers parents/carers the chance to access some training to help their family member.

If you have a planning meeting or plan review coming up soon, and you’d like to include some DSWA supports, get in touch and we can let you know what kinds of things you could consider.

DSWA Local Support Groups

DSWA has a number of peer support groups that meet on a regular basis. If you are interested in linking up with a group near you, or setting up a local group then give us a call on 9368 4002 or email

NDIS & Me eNews

DSWA produces an eNews every couple of months, to provide an update on what is happening with the NDIS in WA and on NDIS-related work DSWA is doing. This eNews is separate from the DSWA general monthly eNews. Contact DSWA on 9368 4002 or if you’d like to go on the eNews email list.

Links to social media relating to the NDIS in WA

As well as DSWA’s public Facebook page and Twitter, the DSWA Support Network Facebook Group and Down Syndrome Australia’s Facebook page and Twitter, there is a number of Facebook forums more specifically focused on the NDIS. It’s a good idea to join or follow these if you want to keep a close eye on what is happening, ask questions about the NDIS and discuss issues with others. Here are some that we think you may find useful.

(As with all online content, please be aware that information may not be correct, so please do check before making any decisions or taking any action based on the information.)

NDIS and Me – a closed* Facebook group for Australians with Down syndrome and their families. The group, which is run by DSWA, aims to help its members to get ready and get the best outcomes they can from the NDIS. There is discussion about what is happening in all states so this can be a useful way of sharing questions and experiences within the national and local Down syndrome community.

WA NDIS – this open Facebook page is run by DSC and states that it is “Your official source of information about the WA NDIS”.

NDIS in WA Peer Support – a closed* Facebook group for people with disability and families living in WA in either NDIS or WA NDIS areas (but you can also join if you are in other areas in WA). A useful group for information and discussion.

*You need to request to join closed groups. The admins will check that you are eligible before allowing you in.

Nodisadvantage – an open Facebook page with run by disabled people and family members that says: We want the WA State Government to guarantee that West Australians with disability will not be worse off than other Australians under a WA NDIS. This is useful for the latest information about what is happening, lively and critical discussion and analysis of events, policy, scheme design as well as information on advocacy and activist events for the #Nodisadvantage Campaign.