Governments sign bilateral agreement on local delivery of NDIS in WA
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).
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.
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
|1 July 2017||Kimberley-Pilbara||Ashburton
|1 July 2018||Remaining populations of the Wheatbelt||Beverley
|1 July 2018||Remaining populations of South-West||Augusta-Margaret River
|1 July 2018||Remaining populations of Central South Metro||Cockburn
|1 July 2018||Goldfields-Esperance||Coolgardie
|1 July 2018||North Metro||Joondalup
|1 July 2019||Midwest-Gascoyne||Carnamah
|1 July 2019||Great Southern||Albany
|1 July 2019||Central North Metro||Cambridge
|1 July 2019||South East Metro||Belmont
List of forums and events in Feb and March
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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: email@example.com 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.|
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
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/
|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.|