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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 631 asked in the Legislative Council on 18 June 2020 by Hon Peter Collier

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 18 June 2020


631. Hon PETER COLLIER to the Minister for Disability Services:

I refer the minister to the Auditor General's twenty-fifth report of June 2020 titled ''WA's Transition to the NDIS''.

(1) Why were the initial targets for people moving on to the NDIS in Western Australia not met?

(2) Has any assessment been done of the 3 800 Western Australians with a disability found to be ineligible for the NDIS on 31 December 2019; and, if not, why not?

(3) If yes to (2), how many have been found to be eligible for funding?

(4) Will the minister confirm that the government supports all three recommendations contained within the report; and, if not, why not?


I thank the Leader of the Opposition and the shadow Minister for Disability Services for some notice of the question. I will say at the outset that I welcomed the Auditor General's report today that has found that Western Australian agencies have been largely effective in preparing for the transition to commonwealth's National Disability Insurance Scheme. As we know, it has not been without challenges, but we continue to work through those issues.

(1) I am advised that transition to the NDIS involved a range of responsibilities of both the commonwealth and the state. The Department of Communities provided the National Disability Insurance Agency with 23 104 client transition records in a timely manner and in accordance with its obligations under section 55 of the commonwealth National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013. I am further advised that all individuals connected to the WA NDIS or receiving state-funded or provided support will continue to be provided support from the state until such time as they have an approved NDIS plan.

(2) Eligibility for the National Disability Insurance Scheme is tested by participants within the NDIA. Anyone can test their eligibility for the NDIS via the NDIA and any decision that a person does not meet access criteria can be reviewed internally under section 100 of the commonwealth act. If the person is unhappy with the outcome of the internal review, they can apply to Administrative Appeals Tribunal for an external review and access to NDIS appeal services. If found ineligible due to age or residency status, they can test their eligibility for state disability services via contact with the Department of Communities. As at 18 June 2020, the Department of Communities is supporting approximately 307 individuals who do not meet the NDIS access criteria based on their age or residency. It is of course important to note that the audit was launched in 2018.

(3) Not applicable.

(4) I am advised that the audited agencies, including the Department of Communities, accept the recommendations contained in the report. I continue to maintain oversight of this groundbreaking scheme to ensure that Western Australians with disability, their families and carers realise the promise of this once-in-a-lifetime reform.