In The Media | 6 December 2016

National Disability Insurance Scheme: Western Australia adopts own model

Western Australia will operate a version of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) unlike the rest of the country, after it came to an agreement with the Commonwealth over the adoption of a state-run model.

The two governments today agreed to start the final negotiations on an agreement.

Social Services Minister Christian Porter said the WA-delivered NDIS would meet Commonwealth conditions for national consistency, including on key elements of the scheme such as choice and control.

But unlike other states which will operate under a centralised system, the WA NDIS will be locally-administered and run by the State Government.

“While it remains the Commonwealth’s strong preference for WA to join the NDIS on an similar basis to other states and territories, I acknowledge WA’s firm commitment to a WA delivered model that builds on WA’s existing disability service system,” Mr Porter said.

The Federal and State governments have been tussling over the best system to use.

Source: ABC News