This announcement means that the bilateral agreement, signed in January 2017 by the previous Australian government for a state-provided NDIS (LA WA NDIS), will be replaced by a new agreement and that the transition will be carried out in a planned and gradual manner. As disability organizations, the terms of your current service contracts and/or grant agreements remain unchanged. During this transition period, we know that you will continue to provide the quality support and services you provide to people with disabilities throughout Western Australia. The commonwealth and Western Australian governments today announced a new bilateral agreement that will allow the VA to join the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). “I am pleased to inform you that an agreement has been reached between the Commonwealth and the governments of Western Australia, under which our state will join the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) delivered at the national level. In the coming months, information sessions will be held to explain the changes and help Western Australian participants learn more about the move to the national NDIS. New participants eligible for the NDIS will be able to participate in the national program when it is introduced in its region. This is done on a geographical basis, in accordance with the previously agreed deployment schedule. People who are not eligible for NDIS, but who receive government assistance, will continue to receive their existing aid. The deployment schedule and the new bilateral agreement have been published on the website of the Main Ministry of Communities and provide more information on today`s announcement.
From July 1, 2018, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) will take responsibility for the delivery of NDIS to Western Australia. The NDIS will continue to be implemented on the geographical basis of NDIA and will be fully implemented throughout the VA by 2020. From July 1, 2018, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) will assume responsibility for the va government`s provision of the NDIS. All current NDIS WA participants will be transferred to the national program from April 2018 until December 31, 2018. Link to DDWA and PWdWA Joint Media Release 12 December 2017 Our priority will remain to ensure the best results for Western Australians with disabilities, their families and caregivers, and I ask you to continue to provide support, as NDIS will be introduced throughout the state. State and Commonwealth governments believe that membership in the national NDI will give people with disabilities more certainty, that they will continue to receive funding to access the care and care they need in the same way as all other Australians. Individuals already within WA NDIS will continue to receive their services, as their plans will be transferred to the NDIA from April 2018. All transfers will be completed by December 31, 2018.
People receive a letter from the VA government informing them of how they are being helped to be transferred to the NDIA. NDIA will continue to support participants at its existing sites. . The announcement offers Western Australians with disabilities, their families and their caregivers safety on the future of the NDIS in the state. A priority for both governments is to ensure a smooth transition for people with disabilities, their families and caregivers, as well as for service providers and staff who provide the NDIS during this transition period.