Currently, there are two National Disability Insurance Schemes (NDIS) being trialled across Western Australia. Across this transition period, there are various ways for people with disabilities to access funding for supports. The NDIS is a new way for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder to get disability support that takes an individualised approach to funding.
This funding scheme has not yet been rolled out across the whole State. The existing Department of Communities – Disability Services (previously Disability Services Commission) funding will continue in non-trial site areas. If you are unsure of the funding available in your area, the first step is to contact our team to talk through the range of options available to you.
Our team is on hand to answer your questions and provide information to link you into supports and services. All calls are completely confidential. Our Autism Advisors (for children zero to seven years) and Autism Consultants (for those eight years and over) are available Monday – Friday to provide support over the phone or via email.Contact Us
The Australian Government is currently implementing the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) across Australia. The NDIS is a new way for people with a disability to get support through individualised funding plans. In Western Australia, the NDIS is currently operating in the following areas:
Western Australia is unique in that the State Government, through the Department of Communities – Disability Services (previously Disability Services Commission), is running its own NDIS trial called WA NDIS. This trial is being rolled out in the following areas:
The two approaches are being trialled to allow a comparison of the merits of the NDIS model and the WA NDIS model.
The NDIS is managed by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). The NDIA has Planning and Support Coordinators who you will meet with to assist you to develop a plan for a person with Autism and access the funding.
WA NDIS is managed by the Department of Communities – Disability Services (previously Disability Services Commission). The Department of Communities have Local Coordinators who will meet with you to assist you to develop a plan for a person with Autism and access the funding.
Firstly, you need to be living in one of the areas listed above to be eligible for NDIS.
If you do live in one of the areas listed above, and already receiving disability services, you will be slowly phased into the scheme. You will be invited to the scheme based on the suburb you live in. If you currently access services from the Autism Association and are linked with the Department of Communities – Disability Services (previously Disability Services Commission), the NDIA will have your details already and will contact you when its your time to transition over.
If you live in one of the areas listed and don’t already receive disability services, you can access funding through NDIS without having to wait. We recommend that families contact the NDIA straight away to start the application process.
You can also visit the NDIS website www.ndis.gov.au to see if you will be eligible to participate in the NDIS.
If you don’t live in the local government areas listed, you will not be eligible to participate in the trial of the NDIS but you will continue to be eligible for existing funding and services offered by the State Government and the Australian Government. If you are unsure of your entitlements for services, contact the Autism Association on 9489 8900 and ask to speak to one of one of our staff who can assist you. You can visit the NDIS website any time for updated information on the roll out of NDIS across Australia www.ndis.gov.au
Families and individuals can contact the Autism Association for more information on services that can be available under the NDIS. The Autism Association will also be running further information sessions for families in the coming months.
For more information on the NDIS, you can contact the National Disability Insurance Agency on 1800 800 110 between 8am and 8pm (EST) weekdays or visit www.ndis.gov.au.You can also visit the NDIS office in Perth Hills which is located at 78–80 Railway Parade (corner Marion Street), Midland.
For more information on WA NDIS contact the Department of Communities – Disability Services (previously Disability Services Commission) on 9426 9200 or 1800 996 214 (Freecall), email WANDIS@dsc.wa.gov.au or visit www.disability.wa.gov.au.
If you live in the areas listed above, you may be eligible for funding and support through one of these funding initiatives.
If you are already accessing funding or services, you will be contacted when it is your turn to transition to NDIS funding. If you or your child has just been diagnosed with Autism, or if you haven’t accessed any funding before, you can access the scheme straight away.
As the changes may affect services you currently receive from the Autism Association of Western Australia, the Association has put together some questions and answers to help explain what the NDIS is about.Contact us to learn more