WA’s Minister for Disability Services, Donna Faragher, has confirmed that the WA NDIS will be rolled out in this state from 1 July, 2017.
Under the WA NDIS (previously My Way) model, planning focuses on current and future needs for people with disability. WA NDIS is nationally consistent in terms of eligibility, reasonable and necessary supports and portability across the country, yet unique in governance and service delivery.
People with disability, together with their families and carers, are supported by their Disability Services Commission Local Coordinator to explore new strategies and create a funded plan which is tailored to their unique needs and goals.
To view a map which shows areas covered by WA NDIS until 1 July, 2017, click here.
Choice & control
A key feature of the WA NDIS model is that people will have more choice and control over what they spend their funding on, and which service providers they choose to partner with.
The person with disability is central to the process and takes control of developing and implementing their plan to the extent they desire. A Local Coordinator is available to provide support at every step of the way. This may include, for example, providing tailored information and advice about different opportunities and how best to achieve the goals identified in the plan.
Individual planning focuses on natural networks, community supports and local connections wherever possible. WA NDIS plans are reviewed every 12 months, or more frequently if required. Goals and strategies are updated in response to any changes in the individual’s circumstances.
This approach to planning puts personal relationships front and centre, with Local Coordinators taking time to get to know the individual and having conversations with them about their goals and aspirations. The Local Coordinator supports people as much as they need during this planning process, and the time this takes is dependent on what each person requires.
Key features of the WA NDIS include:
- user friendly and easy to navigate
- providing genuine choice and control
- people based, with a strong focus on relationships
- providing each person with a locally based coordinator
- early engagement in the individualised planning process
- local decision making within the local community
- a strong focus on informal networks and community based supports
- sustainability for regional and remote areas
To find out if you are eligible for WA NDIS, click here.