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Question Without Notice No. 422 asked in the Legislative Council on 8 May 2019 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 8 May 2019

NATIONAL DISABILITY INSURANCE SCHEME — ROLLOUT

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

I refer to the opinion piece titled ''NDIS rollout failures leave many in limbo'' published in The West Australian of 2 May.

(1) What is the McGowan government doing to assist the 4 000-odd Western Australians who are waiting to be enrolled?

(2) Of the number of unenrolled Western Australians, how many are in regional Western Australia? Please break that down into Western Australian National Disability Insurance Scheme regions.

(3) Has the minister had any correspondence since 31 December 2018 with federal representatives about the National Disability Insurance Scheme?

(4) Will the minister ensure that the Department of Communities takes the lead on rectifying issues within the NDIS rollout, especially for individuals on the NDIS in regional Western Australia?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

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

(1) Significant progress has been made by the National Disability Insurance Agency over the past months to accelerate the transfer of Western Australian National Disability Insurance Scheme individuals to the Australia-wide NDIS. As at 30 April 2019, nearly 88 per cent of WA NDIS individuals have transferred. The remaining 929 individuals will transfer over the coming months. Until then, the state government has committed to ensuring that all individuals will continue to receive their existing WA NDIS–funded support.

(2) In the south west, 140 WA NDIS individuals are unenrolled. In the Kimberley–Pilbara, 272 WA NDIS individuals are unenrolled.

(3) Yes.

(4) The Department of Communities maintains a positive and close working relationship with the NDIA, with a collaborative approach being taken to continuously improve the business processes underpinning the rollout of the Australia-wide NDIS in WA. In partnership with the NDIA, Communities has established two committees to oversee the transfer and transition—the WA executive steering committee and the WA officers' working group.