Editors Note: This is a very poor decision for WA people with disabilities. The least they could have done is expanded the trial if they were going to extend it. Essentially the Federal and State Government can’t agree on which scheme is better. Surely an independent study, and I mean truly independent without political leanings either way, should be commissioned, involve people with disabilities on the research team, and actually investigate which disabled people have had better outcomes. Lets stop being political and actually make the right decision for everyone.
Editors Further Note: Several hours after publication I was notified by the NDIA that in fact the trial sites had been expanded. Still no adequate independent evaluation process though. Here are the expansion details:
The Commonwealth and Western Australian governments today announced an extension and expansion of NDIS trial sites in WA.
The NDIA Perth Hills trial site, which opened on 1 July 2014, will be extended by 12 months until 30 June 2017 to ensure people with disability continue to receive supports while a full scheme approach is finalised.
In addition, from 1 January 2017 the trial site will be expanded to Bayswater, Bassendean, Chittering, Toodyay, York and Northam, covering more than 1220 people by 30 June 2017.
The State Government’s trial, WA NDIS (formerly My Way), covers the Lower South West, Cockburn and Kwinana. From 1 October 2016 to 30 June 2017, it will also include Armadale, Murray and Serpentine-Jarrahdale.
The rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has been delayed for a year in Western Australia to allow a comparative trial of a State Government-run system to be extended.
Key points: NDIS statewide rollout in WA delayed by a yearDelay caused by extension of trialsState and Commonwealth governments both have trialsThose not part of trials have to wait extra year
The Federal Government has denied the delay was down to an inability of WA and the Commonwealth to agree to a single scheme.
Western Australia has had two schemes running concurrently, the Commonwealth’s NDIS in the Perth Hills and the state’s My Way trial in the South West and Cockburn and Kwinana, in Perth’s south.
The My Way trials, now known as WA NDIS, were due to finish this July, and the system compared to the federal scheme before a full rollout occurred.
However that now will not be finalised until next July, a year behind the rest of the country.
Federal Minister for Social Services Christian Porter today defended the move, insisting Western Australian participants would not lose out.
“The signing of the agreements later than the other states does not mean, and in fact the opposite is happening, that services are rolling out slower, they’re not,” he said.
“What they [participants] will be, I think, is delighted with the service that they’re being offered in both the relevant schemes that are running parallel.”
He said from October 1, 2016 the WA scheme…