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WA last State to join NDIS

As from 1 July 2018, the National Disability Insurance Agency assumed responsibility for the delivery of the NDIS in the Durack electorate.

This is a milestone as WA is the final state to officially join the federally administered scheme.

WA NDIS participants began transferring to the scheme from 1 April and will continue until 31 December. People receiving State or Federal disability supports, as well as new participants, will continue to transfer to the NDIS from 1 July.

Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price said the Commonwealth and WA Governments would fully cooperate to implement the transition to the NDIS.

“The NDIS will be life-changing for Durack participants, by supporting people with disability and their families and carers to play a greater role in their communities,” she said.

“The scheme will fund reasonable and necessary supports for people to help them live an ordinary life. It will also deliver profound economic change, creating new markets, new employment and new investment.”

The NDIS was expected to support about 39,000 people in WA with permanent and significant disability by July 2020.

“This will mean a significant increase in funding and services for people in Durack, and will deliver an unprecedented availability of support for people, many of whom have not been able to access anything of this kind before,” said Ms Price.

Federal Social Services Minister Dan Tehan recently announced the establishment of a Sector Transition Fund with a commitment of $20.3 million over the next two years.

“This fund will support the disability sector to transition to the Australia-wide NDIS and ensure that quality providers, particularly those who support people with highly complex needs can maintain their standards of service,” Ms Price said.

NDIS is running an Implementation and Self-Management Workshop Session in Northam on 30 July for any interested people in the Wheatbelt region.

For more information on the WA rollout visit:
www.ndis.gov.au/about-us/our-sites/WA/rollout

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