In The Media | 3 November 2016

NDIS model for Western Australia undecided after state, federal governments fail to reach agreement

The West Australian and federal governments have been unable to come to an agreement on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) before an October deadline, as the Commonwealth pushes for a “nationally consistent” model.

WA had presented its preferred model to Social Services Minister Christian Porter, but after a weekend of back-and-forth negotiations there was still no deal.

Trials of both the federal version of the NDIS and one based on the existing WA model of disability service delivery, with localised decision making and block funding, are underway in the state.

The two governments had intended to today finalise a bilateral agreement on which model of the scheme would be rolled out in WA.

Disability Services Minister Donna Faragher said the State Government had hoped the deadline would be met, but it was still working “around the clock” to reach common ground.

Source: ABC News