Media Release by The Hon Jane Prentice MP

Western Australia to join the nationally-delivered National Disability Insurance Scheme

Joint Media Release with:

  • The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP

    Prime Minister

    The Hon. Jane Prentice MP
    Assistant Minister for Disability Services

    • The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP,┬áPrime Minister
    • The Hon Christian Porter MP, Minister for Social Services
    • The Hon Jane Prentice MP, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services

The Australian and Western Australian Governments have reached agreement to bring Western Australia into the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The agreement replaces the agreement signed in January 2017 by the previous Western Australian Government for a WA administered NDIS.

Western Australians with a disability, as well as their families and carers, now have certainty on the future of the NDIS.

Joining the nationally-delivered NDIS means people with a disability in Western Australia, and right across the country, will have the support they need through a nationally consistent and nationally delivered NDIS.

Today’s announcement reflects the shared commitment by Australian Governments to the NDIS and is the final step towards making the NDIS a truly national scheme.

From 1 July 2018, the National Disability Insurance Agency will assume responsibility for the delivery of the NDIS in WA.

The NDIS will continue to roll out on a geographic basis and will be fully rolled out across Western Australia by 2020.

People already taking part in the WA NDIS will transfer to the nationally delivered scheme in a phased approach from April 2018 and conclude by December 2018.

The Australian and Western Australian governments will work closely with the National Disability Insurance Agency to implement the transition.

The Turnbull Government is committed to fully funding the NDIS through raising the Medicare levy by 0.5 per cent. We encourage our colleagues in the Senate to support a modest increase to the Medicare Levy to give all Australians with a disability and their families the certainty they deserve.