Media Release by The Hon Jane Prentice MP

Grants top-up to support NDIS transition for West Australians

Joint Media Release with:

  • Hon Stephen Dawson MLC, Western Australia Minister for Environment; Disability Services

Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services, Jane Prentice and Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson has today announced a funding commitment to ensure transition to the NDIS in Western Australia is as seamless as possible.

WA will move to the federally administered NDIS on July 1 and this investment will safeguard individuals’ transition.

An investment of more than $5.2million has been contributed by the Commonwealth and WA governments to top-up the existing round of the Information, Linkages and Capacity (ILC) Building grants.

This funding is in addition to the $3 million awarded to 27 organisations across the State in March this year and the $20.3 million set aside in the 2018-19 State Budget for a Sector Transition Fund.

The additional grants have been awarded for initiatives across four priority areas that focus on:

  • Improving links for people with disability to relevant mainstream and community services;
  • Increasing knowledge and capability within mainstream services;
  • Connecting people with disability and their communities; and
  • Supporting people with disability to engage with and navigate the NDIS

Information about the successful grant recipients is available on the Tenders WA website.

Comments attributed to Assistant Minister Prentice:

“The Turnbull Government is committed to ensuring the transfer and transition to the NDIS in WA is managed carefully and that participants, families, carers and providers are supported.

“These further ILC grants assist organisations to carry out activities that improve community inclusion; ensuring people with disability can use and benefit from the same services and community activities as everyone else.”

“ILC is an important part of the Turnbull Government’s commitment to improving outcomes for all people with disability, not just NDIS participants.

Comments attributed to Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson:

“The McGowan Labor Government is committed to supporting people with disability and the disability sector throughout this critical period of change and transformation in WA.

“We’ve made this decision and now we need to make it work.

“I am confident that this further funding for ILC-related initiatives will help support organisations during this transition phase.

“I am especially pleased that a number of grants have been awarded to peer-to-peer support organisations.”