When we use the word "transfer" we mean people who currently have a WA NDIS plan will transfer/move over to the Australia-wide NDIS.
We expect around 8,700 WA NDIS participants will transfer/move over to the Australia-wide NDIS.
The NDIA recognises when WA NDIS participants transfer/move over to the NDIS, it will bring unique challenges because no other state or territory has run two NDIS models at once.
The word "Transition" refers to people currently receiving specialist disability support from the WA and Commonwealth governments who are not part of the WA NDIS, as well as new participants entering the NDIS as it becomes available geographically.
The NDIA and WA Government are committed to ensuring the transfer and transition of individuals to the nationally delivered NDIS. It will be managed carefully to support participants, families, their carers and providers.
In January 2018, the WA Government sent WA NDIS participants a letter saying the NDIA will be rolling out the Australia-wide NDIS in WA and it needed their consent to transfer their plans over to the national Scheme.
WA NDIS Local Coordinators (LCs) are also contacting WA NDIS participants to confirm they give consent to transfer/move their plans over to the Australia-wide Scheme.
Consent can be made in writing, over the telephone or face-to-face.
Once the NDIA has your consent, a staff member will call you to organise a suitable time to discuss your WA NDIS plan transfer.
The process to transfer the plan requires taking information off one system and loading it onto another. We will ask people to make sure all their WA NDIS plan information, including their supports and funding, is accurately reflected in the NDIA system.
You will have a plan transfer meeting. There, you will be able to discuss the process with your NDIA planner and raise any queries you may have.
People with disability, their families and carers will get continuity of support, ensuring the supports they get, once the nationally administered NDIS is introduced, helps them achieve similar outcomes to the ones they were aiming for in their WA NDIS plans.
If you were under 65-years-old when you became a WA NDIS participant, you will transfer to the nationally delivered NDIS to ensure continuity of disability supports and services.
If you do not meet NDIS access requirements, the NDIS can offer further support via Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC). The WA and Commonwealth governments may also provide you with necessary supports, depending on your personal circumstances.
During your plan transfer meeting, your planner will discuss your current providers and if there is no change, make service bookings on your behalf. This ensures existing providers are booked to continue to provide you with supports.
If a participant decides to change providers, the NDIA will not create a service booking at the time of the plan transfer. Instead, it will email the contact person, at your service provider, and let them know you no longer need their services.
After your plan transfers, the NDIA will contact you to see if you can connect to the supports and services in your plan. The NDIA can support you to select new providers and to make service bookings.
For service providers who have not already registered with the NDIS the Provider Toolkit will help you get started.