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Parliamentary Questions

Question On Notice No. 1640 asked in the Legislative Council on 12 September 2018 by Hon Alison Xamon

Question Directed to the: Minister for Environment; Disability Services
Minister responding: Hon S.N. Dawson
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

I refer to comments made during Legislative Assembly estimates hearings about the possibility of the WA Country Health Service (WACHS) being a service provider under the National Disability Insurance Scheme, and I ask:
(a) has a decision been made about the ongoing role of WACHS as a service provider;
(b) if yes to (a):
(i) what parameters have been agreed to; and
(ii) is this arrangement intended to be ongoing or part of a longer term transition plan;
(c) if no to (a), when will a decision be made; and
(d) what other options are being considered for ensuring access to services in rural and remote regions across Western Australia?

Answered on 17 October 2018

(a – c) WA Country Health Services does not fall under the remit of the Department of Communities. This question should be referred to the Minister for Health for a response.

(d) Access to NDIS services in rural and remote regions is the responsibility of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).