NDIS and Me banner. DSWA logo and text 'keeping you up to date with the NDIS in WA' on the left and head and shoulders photo of a smiling man with Down syndrome at an airfield  wearing a cap with wording 'Skipper' on and a yellow, uninflated  life jacket.

Governments sign bilateral agreement on local delivery of NDIS in WA

Image description: WA NDIS logo - a blue square with letters WA NDIS

You may already have heard that the WA government has signed an agreement with the federal government regarding the NDIS in WA. The bilateral agreement, announced on 1 February, sets out the details for a disability scheme that is in line with the federal NDIS legislation, but is run by the state. The agreement covers the financial deal, such as the costs to run the scheme and who is responsible, and also sets out the schedule for where and when the WA NDIS will be rolled out. (scroll down the page to see details of all the local areas across the state and when they will join the WA NDIS).

http://christianporter.dss.gov.au/media-releases/ndis-wa-01022017

NDIS full-scheme roll-out

The following link takes you to the Disability Services Commission website which gives details of the roll out including a map.

http://www.disability.wa.gov.au/wa-ndis/wa-ndis/ndis-full-scheme-roll-out/

WESTERN AUSTRALIA (WA) ROLL OUT SCHEDULE
WA National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

The NDIS will roll out in WA geographically, with eligible people gaining access at different times based on the Western Australia Disability Services Region that they live in.

The transition will take place over three years (July 2017 to July 2020).

People in the existing WA NDIS trial sites will see no change:

  • Lower South West;
  • Cockburn-Kwinana; and
  • Local government areas of Armadale, Serpentine-Jarrahdale and Murray
Start of transition Western Australia Service Region Locations
1 July 2017 People in existing National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) trial sites will begin to transition to the WA-delivered NDIS Perth Hills, Bayswater, Bassendean, Chittering, Toodyay, Northam and York.
1 July 2017 Remaining population of South Metro Armadale
Mandurah
Murray
Rockingham
Serpentine-Jarrahdale
1 July 2017 Kimberley-Pilbara Ashburton
Broome
Derby-West Kimberley
East Pilbara
Halls Creek
Karratha
Port Hedland
Wyndham-East Kimberley
1 July 2018 Remaining populations of the Wheatbelt Beverley
Boddington
Brookton
Bruce Rock
Chittering
Corrigin
Cuballing
Cunderdin
Dalwallinu
Dandaragan
Dowerin
Dumbleyung
Gingin
Goomalling
Kellerberrin
Kulin
Kondinin
Koorda
Lake Grace
Merredin
Moora
Mount Marshall
Mukinbudin
Narembeen
Narrogin
Northam
Nungarin
Pingelly
Quairading
Tammin
Toodyay
Trayning
Victoria Plains
Wagin
Wandering
West Arthur
Westonia
Wickepin
Williams
Wongan-Ballidu
Wyalkatchem
Yilgarn
York
1 July 2018 Remaining populations of South-West Augusta-Margaret River
Boyup Brook
Bridgetown-Greenbushes
Bunbury
Busselton
Capel
Collie
Dardanup
Donnybrook-Balingup
Harvey
Manjimup
Nannup
Waroona
1 July 2018 Remaining populations of Central South Metro Cockburn
East Fremantle
Fremantle
Kwinana
Melville
South Perth
1 July 2018 Goldfields-Esperance Coolgardie
Dundas
Esperance
Kalgoorlie-Boulder
Laverton
Leonora
Menzies
Ngaanyatjarraku
Ravensthorpe
1 July 2018 North Metro Joondalup
Wanneroo
1 July 2019 Midwest-Gascoyne Carnamah
Carnarvon
Chapman Valley
Coorow
Cue
Exmouth
Greater Geraldton
Irwin
Meekatharra
Mingenew
Morawa
Mount Magnet
Mullewa
Murchison
Northampton
Perenjori
Sandstone
Shark Bay
Three Springs
Upper Gascoyne
Wiluna
Yalgoo
1 July 2019 Great Southern Albany
Broomehill-Tambellup
Cranbrook
Denmark
Gnowangerup
Jerramungup
Katanning
Kent
Kojonup
Plantagenet
Woodanilling
1 July 2019 Central North Metro Cambridge
Claremont
Cottesloe
Mosman Park
Nedlands
Peppermint Grove
Perth
Stirling
Subiaco
Vincent
1 July 2019 South East Metro Belmont
Canning
Gosnells
Victoria Park

List of forums and events in Feb and March

Image description: Photo of a recent crowded public meeting in Thornlie WA

Recent public meetings about NDIS in WA, run by the #NoDisadvantage Campaign, attracted large crowds of people keen to know what is happening and wanting to express their views. A meeting was also held by WA Labor, hosted by shadow disability minister, Stephen Dawson with guest Jenny Macklin, federal MP and shadow minister for Families and social Services, where around 40 people put a range of questions and concerns to both speakers.

The following is a list of meetings and events being held by advocates, advocacy organisations, peak disability organisations, political parties and DSC over the next couple of months in the lead up to the election. If you hear of any useful events coming up, please let us know so we can share.

The first two events have already happened, but we are including them so you have all the information about what is happening and can contact the organisers if you wish to.

Public call to action event, promoted by Zel Iscel.

February 6, 5.30pm – 7.30pm at People With disabilities WA, 37 Hampden Street, Nedlands. The event is as a result of a call to action at the recent Q&A event – disabled people are meeting to talk about how to make their voice heard, plan their election campaign and make sure decision makers know that disabled people are voters too. Please support and be part of this and other grassroots campaigns.

Ethnic Communities Council event – organised by ECC and their President, Ramdas Sankaran OAM

February 8 at 20 View Street, North Perth – 5:30 PM

http://www.eccwa.org.au/ Please contact ECC on 0892275322, by email at admin@eccwa.org.au or via FB https://www.facebook.com/Ethnic-Communities-Council-of-WA-319076311574360/?fref=ts for more details.

Liberal political event, Armadale NDIS and Disability Services forum to be held by former disability minister Helen Morton and featuring current disability minister Donna Faragher & Wendy Jeffery, Liberal for Armadale.

February 15, 9 – 10.30am (registration from 8.30am)

Minor Hall, Champion Lakes Christian Church, 30 Brant Road, Kelmscott

This event is open to service providers, stakeholders, people with a disability and their families and will discuss the complete roll-out of the NDIS in the Armadale district and surrounds. Minister Faragher will be there to answer any questions that you may have.

RSVP: By email to Linda.Mcintosh@mp.wa.gov.au or by phone to Linda on 94528311 by the COB on Monday, 13th February

Light refreshments will be served.

WA State Election Forum – run by Disability Coalition of WA (a collection of advocacy, peak bodies and consumer led organisations)

Priorities for people with disability, their families and carers

Thursday 16th February 2017

6.00PM—8.00PM

The Disability Coalition of WA are pleased to invite you to this forum which will provide an opportunity for:

* People with disability, their families and carers to ask key questions from election candidates

* Peak bodies to summarise the main issues people with disability have in WA

* Political parties to explain their key election priorities for people with disability. This is an important opportunity for the disability community to make clear to political parties what we expect of them in relation to disability and what they expect of a Disability Services Minister.

The forum will be co-chaired by Taryn Harvey CEO, Developmental Disability WA and Greg Madson, President, People with Disabilities WA.

Light refreshment provided

Info: mary.butterworth@ddc.org.au  or 08 9420 7230 (Mo Tu Fr)

Venue: City West Lotteries House, 2 Delhi St, West Perth

Parking: Free parking in Delhi Street from 6pm

Train: City West stop on Fremantle line, only 20m walk

Liberal political event, held by former disability minister Helen Morton and featuring current disability Minister Donna Faragher Wednesday 1 March, 9 – 10.30am, Thornlie – venue to be advised.
CEO events

DSC will be running Forums for Chief Executive Officers of disability sector organisations to ‘enable CEOs to obtain a detailed understanding of the Bilateral Agreement and the next steps towards rolling out the NDIS’. DSWA will attend one of these forums and pass on information via this eNews.

Board members and CEOs of funded organisations

The Disability Services Commission have also advised board members and CEOs of funded organisations that they will be running ‘community forums’ during February. Again, we will keep you posted about these.

Links to social media relating to the NDIS in WA

Image description: NDIS and Me Facebook Group banner. Logos of state and territory Down syndrome associations on the left and head and shoulders photo of a smiling man with Down syndrome at an airfield wearing a cap with wording 'Skipper' on and a yellow, uninflated life jacket.

NDIS and Me – a closed* Facebook group with over 500 members, 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. We will post this eNews to NDIS and Me and to the DSWA Support Network group.

WA NDIS – this open Facebook page is run by DSC and states that it is “Your official source of information about the WA NDIS”. https://www.facebook.com/TheWANDIS/

NDIS in WA Peer Support – a closed* Facebook group, with over 1400 members, 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. https://www.facebook.com/groups/ndisinwa/

*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 over 700 followers, 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. https://www.facebook.com/nodisadvantage/

Image description: Profile picture of NoDisadvantage campaign. A purple filled square with white text saying 'A guarantee of no disadvantage for West Australians with a disability', followed by #nodisadvantage in mix of white and blue text.

 

Other useful social media
There are lots of Facebook groups and pages on the NDIS and WA NDIS. If you find any that you find useful, please let us know.
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.