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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 462 asked in the Legislative Council on 14 May 2019 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 14 May 2019

NATIONAL DISABILITY INSURANCE SCHEME — ROLLOUT

462. Hon JACQUI BOYDELL to the Minister for Disability Services:

I refer to question without notice 422, which I asked last week.

(1) Can the minister please elaborate on the number of members, membership requirements and period of application for both the WA executive steering committee and the WA officers' working group?

(2) Before the July 2019 transition date, how many individuals in the midwest–Gascoyne region and great southern region are waiting to be enrolled in the National Disability Insurance Scheme?

(3) If a significant number of individuals are still waiting to transition past the existing November deadline, how will the minister commit to ensuring that individuals are able to access ongoing support, especially those in regional Western Australia?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) The Western Australian executive steering committee is jointly chaired by the Department of Communities and the National Disability Insurance Agency and was established in December 2017 to monitor progress against agreed arrangements in the bilateral agreement, operational plan and transfer plan. The WAESC membership comprises senior officials from the NDIA, the Department of Communities, the commonwealth Department of Social Services and the Department of the Premier and Cabinet. There are 19 members, and additional attendees are co-opted for specific matters, as required. The WA operational working group was established in February 2018 to support the WAESC to implement the National Disability Insurance Scheme in WA by overseeing the delivery of operational activities to support the successful transition to the Australia-wide NDIS. The WAOWG membership comprises senior officials from the NDIA, the Department of Communities and DPC. There are 18 members, and additional attendees are co-opted for specific matters, as required. Both the WAESC and the WAOWG will continue until the transfer and transition of people with disability in WA to the Australia-wide NDIS is completed.

(2) As at 30 April 2019, 629 individuals in the midwest–Gascoyne region and 813 individuals in the great southern region were known to the Department of Communities and were waiting to transition to the NDIS. People not known to the department may also be looking forward to accessing the NDIS. These regions are scheduled to roll in on 1 July 2019.

(3) I remain committed to ensuring that people with disability in WA will not be disadvantaged if there is any delay in the transfer or transition to the Australia-wide NDIS, as individuals will continue to receive their current state-based supports until such time as they have an approved NDIS plan.