Disability service providers in Western Australia are re-modelling themselves to be more competitive and offer greater choice, ahead of a final decision on the National Disability Insurance Scheme in the state.
The WA and federal governments are due to sign a bilateral agreement this month which will detail what form the scheme will take.
WA is the last state to adopt the NDIS, with Premier Colin Barnett concerned the personal care people currently receive will be lost if the new system is run by an interstate bureaucracy.
Trials are underway of both the federal NDIS model, designed to give people more choice and control over their services, and one based on the existing WA model, touted as a highly-personalised system with local decision-making.
Families, individuals and service providers want a decision quickly on which of the two versions will be adopted, or whether there will be a hybrid system.
Source: ABC News