In The Media | 12 December 2016

Swan View NDIS community meeting sees tempers flare

COMMUNITY members at a fiery public meeting in Swan View last week called on the opposition to represent those left out of decision making processes about the State’s new disability scheme.

Disability Services Minister Donna Faragher announced on Friday that the Federal and WA State government had agreed in principle to develop their own schemes.

WA rejected the federal model of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, after the WA government chose to “go their own way”.

The announcement provides a firm basis for further negotiations toward a final bilateral agreement on a WA-delivered NDIS model which would meet national conditions in July 2017.

Federal Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter, said the State and Commonwealth governments were committed to national consistency on the NDIS such as choice and control, and the Commonwealth was open to a local model run by the State Government.

Mr Porter said there were 11 conditions that must be met if the scheme was run out of WA.

However, participants in the scheme said that the best predictor of future behaviour was past behaviour – and that the much-lauded WA disability system had previously left thousands of people without support or equipment.

Source: Kalamunda Reporter