People living with disability in Pearce can now have greater confidence that they will receive the support and services they need through the National Disability Insurance Scheme as a result of Western Australia’s decision to join the national scheme.
Federal Member for Pearce and Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter, said that yesterday’s announcement reflects the shared commitment to the NDIS and is the final step towards making the NDIS a truly national scheme.
“The agreement between the Australian and Western Australian Governments means that people with disability, their families, and carers will have access to a truly national scheme, regardless of where they live,” Mr Porter said.
“In Pearce, existing NDIS participants in Swan, Chittering, Northam, Toodyay and York will transfer to the national scheme between April and December 2018.
“The NDIS will roll out in Beverley and Gingin from 1 July 2018, and in Wanneroo from 1 October 2018.
“The NDIS provides a lifetime approach to supporting people with disability, providing peace of mind for participants, their families, and carers.
“From 1 July 2018, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) will assume responsibility for the delivery of the NDIS in Western Australia. The NDIS will continue to roll out on a geographic basis and will be fully rolled out across Western Australia by July 2020.”
People already taking part in the WA NDIS will transfer to the nationally delivered Scheme in a phased approach from April 2018 and conclude by December 2018 with both governments working closely with the National Disability Insurance Agency to implement the transition.
Mr Porter said that the expected 2902 NDIS participants in Pearce can also be assured of quality services and appropriate safeguards, with legislation to establish the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission recently passing through parliament.
“The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission will play a crucial role on behalf of NDIS participants as an overseer of the quality and safety of services and supports they are accessing through the NDIS,” Mr Porter said.
“The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission will also regulate NDIS providers and investigate and determine complaints and uphold the rights of people living with disability.
“It will ensure a nationally consistent regulatory framework for providers, regardless of how many states or territories they operate in, and provide nationally consistent protections for NDIS participants wherever they are living in Australia.”
The Commission will be established in early 2018 and will assume its responsibilities as the NDIS reaches full scheme across Australia.
“There can be no doubt of the transformative and life-changing impact of the NDIS. There are more than 120,000 participants in the scheme so far, with an estimated 460,000 participants expected when the NDIS is fully rolled out, including 2902 in Pearce,” Mr Porter said.