With the deadline for rolling all participants from the WA National Disability Insurance Scheme (WANDIS) to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) having now passed, the Australian Government and WA State Government have agreed to provide additional time for people to transfer to the nationally-delivered scheme.
The federal and state governments have acknowledged that the priority for the NDIS is a high quality planning experience for participants, including the ability to meet with an NDIS planner or Local Area Coordinator in person to discuss their needs and goals.
In a recent statement, Federal Minister for Families and Social Services, Paul Fletcher, said it was clear that additional time was required to ensure the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) had the right systems in place for people transferring across.
“The NDIS is one of the largest, most significant social and economic reforms in Australian history. This extension will allow WA’s state-based NDIS participants to be appropriately supported by the NDIA and WA State Government to transfer to the nationally delivered scheme,” Mr Fletcher said.
All current participants in the WA NDIS will be supported to transfer to the nationally delivered NDIS.
“As of 30 November 2018, more than 2,700 of WA’s state-based NDIS participants have transferred to the nationally-delivered NDIS and have a funded plan in place,” Mr Fletcher said.
“For people who have their plan directly transferred to the nationally delivered NDIS, the type of support and the hours of support will be maintained even though the format of the plan may look different.”
As the rollout continues into 2019, the state government will continue to work closely with the Australian Government to make sure the NDIS meets the expectations of Western Australians with disability and their families, as well as service providers.
If you have questions about transferring to the NDIS, or to find out how you can prepare for your NDIS planning meeting, give our Customer Engagement team a call on 9383 6113 or email [email protected]