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Western Australia - Questions and answers
Yes, the national NDIS is delivered in conjunction with Partners in the Community, this includes LAC partners as well as Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) partners. LACs focus on participant capacity building, including plan development, implementation and review. ECEI partners deliver outcomes for children aged 0 - 6 years old and their families through best-practice and family-centred approaches.
The national NDIS has currently been operating in WA as a trial and has not yet commenced the process to source LAC or ECEI Partners.
There are no plans to move from the Midland office. People will be able to carry out their NDIS business at this site.
Other NDIA office locations will be established as the NDIS rolls out across WA and will be listed on the locations web page, this will include the offices of LAC and ECEI Partners.
The WA NDIS operates under State legislation which mirrors or effectively mirrors agreed provisions in the NDIA Act 2013. People who have been advised they are ineligible by WA NDIS, can ask for a review of that decision with the WA Government in the first instance.
People can exercise their right to appeal decisions made by the Government of WA or the NDIA.
From 1 July 2018, the National Disability Insurance Agency will assume responsibility for the delivery of the NDIS in WA. The NDIS will continue to roll out on a geographic basis and will be fully rolled out across Western Australia by 2020.
People already taking part in the WA NDIS will transfer to the nationally-delivered NDIS in a phased approach from April 2018. The transfer of people from the WA NDIS will conclude by December 2018.
Existing clients of other disability support services from the WA government are all scheduled to transition to the NDIS in the first three years of transition.
New participants will be able to apply to enter the nationally-delivered NDIS as the Scheme rolls out in their region.
Visit our NDIS geographic roll out in Western Australia page to find out where and when the NDIS will be available.
The nationally-delivered NDIS and the WA NDIS are identical in the ways that count most, including taking a life time approach to support, using the same eligibility criteria and guidelines for making decisions about supports in a participant’s plan.
The differences are minor and include format used for participant plans, different processes for participants to choose and engage with providers, some new terms used to describe supports in a participant’s plan and variations to the prices that providers can be funded to deliver supports.
Questions from WA NDIS clients
The first step involves 'positive consent'. WA NDIS participants, or a person who is legally authorised to act on their behalf, need to make some form of positive action expressing that they wish to be a participant in the NDIS. The WA Government will send people an initial letter to obtain their consent and will follow up each person if required.
Contact details and other routine information about each WA NDIS client will be transferred from WA NDIS to NDIA. An NDIA plan will then be created in the NDIA computer system. The plan will reflect as accurately as possible the strategies from the WA NDIS plan.
Each person with a WA NDIS plan will be able to discuss the transfer process and what it means for them and their continuing supports with a WA Local Coordinator.
Once a person's plan has been transferred, they will become participants in the national NDIS.
The WA Government and NDIA are working together to develop the best way to arrange a plan review when the review is close to the transfer date.
When an assistive technology (AT) process is in progress (for example being prescribed, quoted, paid or delivered) within a WA NDIS plan, these processes will be completed and not interrupted by the person's plan transferring. The WA Government and NDIA are working together to develop the best way to manage AT transfers.
It is important to note that the pricing structures of the WA NDIS and NDIA are different. The NDIA Price Guide has different support categories but generally uses a price per hour of support as does WA NDIS. The NDIA Price Guide can be accessed here.
As each plan is transferred, the need for support coordination and support connection will be considered and included if deemed to be reasonable and necessary.
Those people with a WA NDIS plan who are eligible for mobility allowance will have this support converted to a reasonable and necessary transport funding amount within their NDIS plan at the time of transfer.
All people in the WA NDIS will receive a letter from the West Australian government asking them to give consent to transfer to the nationally-delivered NDIS. Giving consent means that people within the WA NDIS scheme can easily transfer their plan and continue to access the support they need.
People who transfer from the WA NDIS to the nationally-delivered NDIS will experience minimal change. Their WA NDIS plan will be transferred into the nationally-delivered NDIS either at the time of their plan review or earlier.
WA Local Coordinators will work with the NDIA to explain the transfer process and support people in the WA NDIS as they transfer to the nationally-delivered NDIS.
Current WA NDIS clients will transfer to the nationally-delivered NDIS in a phased approach from April 2018. The transfer of people from the WA NDIS will conclude by December 2018.
Information sessions will be available for participants in the WA NDIS. The details of these information sessions will be published on the events in WA page and they will be promoted in newspapers and on social media.
The Commonwealth and WA Governments have agreed that people with disability will not be disadvantaged by the transition to the nationally-delivered NDIS.
Under the WA NDIS, clients should be accessing supports consistent with supports available through the nationally-delivered NDIS.
The NDIA and WA Government will work together to ensure the transition of people with disability in WA to the national scheme occurs as smoothly and effectively as possible, with minimal service gaps or disruptions.
Questions from providers
Providers need to register with the NDIA to provide services or support to participants. Information about the registration process is in the Provider Toolkit
Providers that do not have a current contractual arrangement with the Department of Communities, Disability Services (formerly Disability Services Commission) to deliver services to people with disability must submit an application for registration to join the Disability Services Provider Panel (DSPP). To download the registration application package search the Tenders WA website (external) under tender number DSC0702016. Applicants are encouraged to first register on Tenders WA (external). This ensures applicants will receive notifications of any updated information during the application process. For more information about the DSSP process please send an email (external email link) .
The time to process provider registration varies.
If a provider is registered to provide supports through WA NDIS and wants to provide supports through the NDIA, you will need to provide evidence of your registration on the DSSP - also known as an Award Letter.
At present AT suppliers need to register with the NDIA.
The pricing structures of the WA NDIS and NDIA are different.
The NDIA Price Guide has different support categories but generally uses a price per hour of support as does WA NDIS. Quoting within NDIA only occurs for a limited number of services including AT.
The NDIS will make every effort to make the process of moving from one scheme to another as seamless as possible and keep participants, providers and potential NDIA providers informed.
The NDIA and WA Government are working together to ensure the provider registration process is streamlined. If you have any concerns, please send an email (external email link).
In-kind funding in terms of the transition to the NDIS means that a state government has decided that in place of contributing funds to the NDIS for certain areas of support, they will provide services instead and the amount of funding will be reconciled between the Commonwealth and the jurisdiction. A number of in-kind programs are part of the WA Bilateral Agreement for the Transition to the NDIS.
Particular qualification levels are required for differing levels of support including for specialist support coordination. Please refer to the Provider Registration Guide to Suitability (PDF).
Yes, Providers registered exclusively with the WA NDIS will need to register as a national NDIS provider. Visit our Provider Toolkit to learn more about registration process and working with the NDIA.
Providers currently registered with the NDIA do not need to do anything further.
In addition, information sessions for providers new to the NDIS will be held in early 2018. Information sessions will be published on our Events in WA page and promoted on our social media channels.