What is the NDIS?
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is an independent statutory agency. Their role is to implement the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), which will support a better life for hundreds of thousands of Australians with a significant and permanent disability and their families and carers. The NDIS will mean peace of mind for every Australian – for anyone who has, or might acquire, a disability.
Their priority is to ensure people with disability continue to get the support they need. The changes that are required to existing disability support systems are significant. Arrangements are being made to ensure the scheme can be introduced gradually, ensuring a smooth transition for people with disability and support providers.
You can find out more about the NDIS in WA, here: https://www.ndis.gov.au/about-us/our-sites/WA.html
CoMHWA and the NDIS
CoMHWA was involved with the “Building New Lives: Bringing the NDIS to people living in psychiatric hostels” project with a number of other stakeholders which aimed to transition individuals living in psychiatric hostels, to the NDIS. Please click here to read the full report.
NDIS Announcement – December 2017
CoMHWA Welcomes NDIS Certainty for Mental Health Consumers
Consumers of Mental Health WA welcomes the recent confirmation by the McGowan Government that WA has signed up to the federal National Disability Insurances Scheme (NDIS).
You can read the Media Releases of the Minister for Disability Services, Hon Stephen Dawson, and the joint Media Release of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and State Premier, Hon. Mark McGowan on the CoMHWA website: http://www.comhwa.org.au/comhwa-welcomes-ndis-certainty-mental-health-consumers/
The media releases announce a phased transfer for participants from the WA NDIS into the federal NDIS from April 2018, with WA to move fully to a federally run NDIS by 1st July 2018. A decision on whether WA would proceed with a state or national model of the NDIS- has been pending since the initial roll out of the NDIS in 2014.
Consultations by and for people with disability, including mental health related (psychosocial) disability, their families and carers, highlighted mixed views about which of the two models were preferred, but no significant difference in outcomes. Read more from disability advocacy organisations on the announcement attached to this newsflash.
This decision will provide much needed certainty for people with lived experience of mental health issues and enable greater clarity for consumers on how to apply, enter and get the most from the NDIS.
Since 2014, CoMHWA been working as WA’s mental health consumer peak body and in partnership with disability advocacy organisations to help ensure the federal NDIS is responsive to the views and needs of people with lived experience in Western Australia. CoMHWA will continue our established advocacy relationship with NDIA to raise the voices of people with lived experience in the coming months and years ahead.
To find out more about the NDIS, visit: https://www.ndis.gov.au/index.html
If you are a NDIS participant and need information, advice or advocacy, you can contact People with Disabilities WA on 9485 8900 (country callers 1800 193 331) or for a full list of advocacy options, please contact CoMHWA on 9258 8911.