Q. Can I join the NDIS or WA NDIS My Way Now?
A. The NDIS is being trialled in the Perth Hills and Midland area.
WA NDIS My Way is being trialed in the Lower South West and Cockburn Kwinana areas.
If you are living in one of the trial site locations you will be contacted by either a NDIA Planner or WA NDIS My Way Coordinator to develop your funding plan.
If you are not living in one of these areas, you will be contacted after a decision has been made on which system will apply to WA.
Q. When will we know which one will be chosen for WA?
A. An announcement will be made in 2016 regarding whether Western Australians will fall under an NDIS model, a WA NDIS My Way model, or a combination of both.
Q. How does this change what I am currently getting?
A. The NDIS and WA NDIS My Way will give you more choice and control over your supports. If you are happy with your current supports then nothing needs to change. If you want to change your supports, you should tell your NDIA Planner or My Way Coordinator when they contact you. You should also let us know.
Q. Why has the Bilateral Agreement between the Commonwealth and the State not yet been signed for WA?
A. The evaluation report on the NDIA / MY Way trial will be finalised during August. Christian Porter (Federal Minister for Social Services) has said he will make a decision after he has read the final trial evaluation report in August.
Q. If the Bilateral Agreement on the NDIS is delayed, does this mean the NDIS may not start rolling out in WA from the 1st July 2016 as planned?
A. This is a possibility. We will keep our customers updated on any news about the bilateral agreement and roll out, and please talk to our Activ teams if you have any questions or concerns.
Q. What happens to the people in trial areas if things are delayed?
A. People in trial areas will continue with their current, trial arrangements until further notice. We will keep our customers updated on any news and please talk to our Activ teams if you have any questions or concerns.
Q. When do we think the NDIS roll out will happen if not on 1 July 2016?
A. The evaluation report on the NDIA / MY Way trial will be finalised during August. Christian Porter (Federal Minister for Social Services) has said he will make a decision after he has read the report, so the roll out will likely take place sometime after August 2016.
Q. What happens if WA does something different the rest of Australia?
A. The WA Minister for Disability Services is keen to see a model that allows decision making to occur at a local level, taking into account different local conditions and situations. This would also mean that all assessment, person centred planning and financial transactions would be managed at the local level. This kind of model is different to the NDIS arrangements in some other states and territories.
Q. Will a different WA model be better or worse for people with disability, and what will happen if a person with disability moves to another state or territory with a different model?
A. Until a bilateral agreement is signed it is difficult to answer these questions with complete certainty, however it is our understanding that the issues of eligibility, quality and portability in interstate transfers will be consistent at the national level. Activ will keep our customers updated on any news and in the meantime, please talk to our Activ teams if you have any questions or concerns.
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