NDIS in Western Australia

NDIS Agreement for WA

The Commonwealth and West Australian governments have announced an agreement for a nationally consistent but state-run National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Western Australia.

For further information read the Commonwealth Minister for Disability Services, Christian Porter, WA Premier Colin Barnett and WA Minister for Planning, Disability Services Donna Faragher joint media release.

Background

The National Disability Insurance Agency’s (NDIA) Perth Hills trial site opened on 1 July 2014 for people with disability aged up to 65 living in the local government areas of Swan, Kalamunda and Mundaring.

On 28 April 2016, the Commonwealth Government announced the trial site would be extended by 12 months to 30 June 2017 to ensure people with disability continue to receive supports while a full scheme approach is finalised. The WA site will also be expanded from 1 January 2017 to the local government areas of Bayswater, Bassendean, Chittering, Toodyay, Northam and York.

Supporting participants in 2017

While the negotiations are occurring, there is an existing agreement to continue the NDIS trials in WA until the end of June 2017.

This means that people meeting the NDIS access requirements who live in the local government areas of Mundaring, Swan, Kalamunda, Bayswater, Bassendean, Chittering, Toodyay, Northam and York can come into the scheme and receive support.

Although both NDIS trials in WA finish in June 2017, people who have come into the NDIS during the trial period will continue getting support through the NDIS as it rolls out across WA from 1 July 2017.

If there is any change to this information, we will contact all participants, service providers, community groups and other key stakeholders immediately.

Joining the NDIS

For people who are currently receiving local coordination or other services funded by the WA Government’s Disability Services Commission (DSC), your current supports and contact people will remain the same until your NDIS plan is approved. The NDIA has been contacting people currently connected to services funded or provided by the DSC to confirm their access to the NDIS and start their planning conversation.

The NDIA is working closely with Local Coordinators from the Disability Services Commission to ensure people who need support urgently are brought into the NDIS.

People who are not connected to the Disability Services Commission who would like to test if they are eligible for the NDIS can make an access request by phoning 1800 800 110 or by visiting the NDIA’s Midland office.

  • People who need a lot of support to make an access request can be assisted by family, friends or providers in the first instance. 
  • If this is not possible, an email can be sent to engagementwa@ndis.gov.au asking for Patsy O’Grady to contact them to assist. People can also ring Emma Riley on 9235 7251 to leave a message asking for Emma or Patsy to contact them.

In the expansion areas (Bayswater, Bassendean, Chittering, Toodyay, Northam and York), more than 1200 people with disability are expected to receive support from the NDIS from January 2017 to June 2017. About 600 people will be able to develop their plan and have it approved between January and March 2017 and around 600 people between April and June 2017. As a general guide, people connected to the WA Government’s Disability Services Commission who have surnames starting with A to K will transition between January and March. People with surnames starting with L to Z will transition between April to June. All people connected to services funded or provided by DSC, including Local Coordinators, will be contacted by May or June at latest.

Some people, however, will be brought into the NDIS during January and March regardless of their surname, including:

  • people with an urgent need for funding who have asked to come into the NDIS as soon as possible
  • young people in years 10 to 12/13 at school who will offered the school to work transition funding
  • young adults leaving child protection support
  • people turning 65 years
  • people with Local Coordinator reviews occurring soon.

Getting more information

The NDIA offer information sessions in the expansion areas and in the NDIS Midland office to provide an overview of the NDIS and how to prepare for a planning conversation. Details about information sessions being held for people coming into the NDIS, their families and other interested people are found on the events page.

Who can access the Scheme?

A person with an impairment that is likely to be permanent and the impairment makes it difficult to take part in everyday activities can access the Scheme. A person needs to meet disability or early intervention requirements, as well as age and residence requirements.

Existing national and state-based services and supports will continue until eligible people start their plan with the NDIS.

For more information, please visit Access requirements.

Office locations

There is an office in the Perth Hills area of Western Australia. It is open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

  • 78-80 Railway Parade, Midland

Where can I find more information?

Read the “NDIS trial set for expansion in WA” (external) and “Governments agree the way forward for NDIS in WA” (external) media releases available on the Minister for Social Services website.

More information is available in the factsheet and frequently asked questions documents below:

NDIS Factsheet: Participating in the NDIS in Western Australia (PDF 4MB)
NDIS Factsheet: Participating in the NDIS in Western Australia (DOCX 80KB)
NDIS Factsheet: Frequently Asked Questions – WA (PDF 65KB)
NDIS Factsheet: Frequently Asked Questions – WA (DOCX 65KB)

Read about upcoming events in Western Australia.

Subscribe to the NDIS e-newsletter for the latest news and information about the scheme.

For more information please contact us.