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The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and WA NDIS

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:

  • City of Swan
  • Shire of Mundaring
  • Shire of Kalamunda

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:

  • City of Cockburn
  • City of Kwinana
  • City of Armadale
  • Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale
  • Shire of Murray
  • Lower South West

The two approaches are being trialled to allow a comparison of the merits of the NDIS model and the WA NDIS model.

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Fact Sheets regarding the NDIS

 

Questions and answers regarding the NDIS

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.

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