Disability Schemes

Disability Schemes

WA National Disability Insurance Scheme (WA NDIS) or National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

What is it?

The NDIS takes a flexible, whole-of-life approach to work with participants, their families and carers, and to develop individualised plans. The NDIS works to connect participants with community and mainstream supports. The NDIS also funds any additional ‘reasonable and necessary’ supports to help participants pursue their goals and aspirations, and participate in daily life.

In Western Australia there are currently 2 funding schemes. The first is the WA NDIS, implemented by the Disability Insurance Commission (DSC). The second is the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) implemented by the National Disability Agency (NDIA). Which scheme you will/are involved in depends on the suburb you live in.
Scheme areas can be found at: www.disability.wa.gov.au/wa-ndis/wa-ndis/ndis-full-scheme-roll-out

Are you eligible?

You are eligible if:

  • You live in an area where WA NDIS/NDIS is available (to see information on eligible suburbs and roll out dates for other suburbs please see www.disability.wa.gov.au/wa-ndis/wa-ndis/ndis-full-scheme-roll-out); and
  • Are under the age of 65; and
  • Have an impairment that is likely to be permanent and the impairment makes it difficult to take part in everyday activities

How do you apply?

View more information at: www.ndis.gov.au/html/sites/default/files/documents/State%20-%20Factsheets/Fact-Sheet-Participating-in-the-NDIS-inWA.pdf and www.ndis.gov.au/about-us/our-sites/WA.html

The WA NDIS began rolling out on the 1st of July 2017. People currently receiving local coordination or other services funded by the WA Government’s Disability Service Commission will continue to receive current supports until their NDIS plan is approved. The NDIA will contact those who become eligible for an NDIS plan to initiate the planning conversation.

To test your eligibility, please go to www.disability.wa.gov.au/wa-ndis/wa-ndis/ndis-full-scheme-roll-out to understand which program you will be entering and then click on the appropriate link below to test your eligibility.

NDIS: www.ndis.gov.au/people-disability/access-requirements.html
WA NDIS: www.disability.wa.gov.au/wa-ndis/wa-ndis/eligibility

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Disability Services Commission

What is it?

The Commission works in partnership with service providers and other government departments to provide information, supports and services to people with disabilities, their families and carers. This is formally done through the Local Coordination Program. Local Coordinators are based throughout the state and help people to advocate, plan, organise and access the support and services they need to live a good life. To contact your Local Coordinator please visit: www.disability.wa.gov.au/individuals-families-and-carers/for-individuals-families-and-carers/local-area-coordination

The Disability Services Commission also has links to many useful resources for individuals with disabilities. These can be viewed at: www.disability.wa.gov.au/individuals-families-and-carers/for-individuals-families-and-carers

How do you apply?

Apply or view more information at www.disability.wa.gov.au

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