In The Media | 11 November 2016

WA disability scheme: Confusion reigns as state, Commonwealth seek consensus

Some disability service providers in Western Australia are being forced to operate in three systems while they wait for the state and federal governments to agree on a model of the national disability scheme.

The indecision is creating a financial burden for these organisations, many which are not-for-profit groups, and anxiety among clients and their families, according to National Disability Services (NDS), the peak association representing disability service providers in WA.

Two trials of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) are underway in the state, a WA version of the scheme and the Commonwealth version.

The state and federal governments were due to announce at the end of last month which model would be adopted in the west, but have been unable to agree and are still negotiating.

NDS WA state committee chairperson Debbie Karasinski said in the meantime, many organisations were dealing with both trials on behalf of clients, as well as WA’s existing Disability Services Commission system.

Source: ABC News