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.

NDIS in WA Latest News

WA joins national disability scheme!

Disability Services Minister, Stephen Dawson, announced on 12 December that WA will be joining the nationally delivered NDIS, rather than having its own state run scheme. After 10 months of uncertainty for people with disabilities, the state government and the commonwealth government signed a new bilateral agreement setting out each party’s responsibilities and contributions. Starting on July 1 2018, the NDIA will take over responsibility for delivering the NDIS in WA. The Minister said that a state-operated NDIS would not have been able to match the capacity and resourcing of a national scheme. The decision also means DSWA can be part of national projects and opportunities to benefit people with Down syndrome, along with other states and territories.

If you are already in the WA NDIS, you will be phased into the national scheme by December this year. The schedule for rolling out the scheme to new geographical areas is very similar to the previous schedule. Here is a link so you can see what is happening in your area: http://www.disability.wa.gov.au/wa-ndis/wa-ndis/ndis-full-scheme-roll-out/

Here is a link to an Easy Read document about people in WA moving into the NDIS: http://www.disability.wa.gov.au/Global/Publications/NDIS/NDIS-Landing-Page/Easy-Read-FAQs.pdf

NDIA is running information sessions in locations around WA, but there’s little operational detail, and they are mainly talking about governance of the scheme, the roll out schedule and how to make sure you keep in touch with what is happening. Here is a link to a pdf of their presentation: Click here

The NDIS website, however, already contains some common questions and answers about the NDIS in WA, such as whether we will still have LACs, where NDIS offices will be, when plan reviews will happen, how the WA scheme and NDIS may differ and a number of other questions on practical aspects of the scheme.  https://www.ndis.gov.au/about-us/our-sites/WA/qanda.html

DSWA now has WA registration as an NDIS provider

We are very glad to tell you that DSWA has been successful in achieving registration as a service provider in WA. We are now applying to NDIA for the second part of the process, which is thankfully much shorter and simpler.

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 pre-planning and self-management project

During 2017, DSWA developed two resource booklets and some fact sheets, and ran some workshops. The booklets are on our website here: http://www.dsawa.asn.au/information/ndis/   BUT now that WA is moving into the national scheme, the self-management booklet will be obsolete. However, there is a lot of information already available on your management options in the national scheme. You can find some useful information here: https://www.ndis.gov.au/participants/understanding-your-plan-and-supports

While the Planning booklet still mentions the WA scheme, most of the content will be useful in preparing for planning in the national scheme. The Life Stages fact sheets will also be useful.


The cover of the NDIS and Me: Steps to Plan in WA workbook. A photo of a young man with Down syndrome holding a baby sits above the workbook title and the DSWA logo.

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

Life stages fact sheets
Baby to pre-school (Word format / PDF format)
Primary school (Word format / PDF format)
High school (Word format / PDF format)
Adult (Word format / PDF format)

Pre-planning workshops

We will be running some more information workshops over the coming months, beginning with the areas transitioning first. While the topic shows the main content presented we will discuss ‘anything NDIS’. Here are the workshops planned between February and July. All the sessions will be from 1 – 3pm. Contact us to RSVP and get venue details.

Bunbury – 24 February
Melville – 17 March
Wanneroo – 7 April
Kalgoorlie – 28 April

Self-management workshops

Rockingham/Mandurah 24 March
Bunbury – 12 May
Melville – 9 June
Wanneroo – 21 July

Other areas

If you’re in a remote or any other roll out 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.

DSWA Local Support Groups

If you are interested in linking up with a group near you, give us a call on 9368 4002 or email admin@dsawa.asn.au

Places to find NDIS Information

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 are 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.

Disability Loop

We really like Disability Loop; there’s so much information and some great resources, some written and some videos, and they are all produced in plain language so they are easier to understand. Check it out here: https://www.disabilityloop.org.au/resources.html

Here is the Disability Loop Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/disabilityloop

The Growing Space

Sam Paior is an independent Support Coordinator in South Australia and also a parent of a son with Down syndrome. While some information on her website is focused on SA, most of it is relevant across the country. She knows from experience what the key questions and issues are and provides very practical, easy to understand information, advice and tips in her blogs and Facebook page. http://www.thegrowingspace.com.au


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. http://www.facebook.com/groups/NDISandMe/


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.


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 there are 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.