The roll-out of the NDIS in Western Australia also sees the milestone of a national NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission (NDIS Commission).

Previously the NDIS Commission provided oversight in a staged capacity, commencing in July 2018 in New South Wales and South Australia and later across Tasmania, Victoria, Australian Capital Territory, Queensland, and Northern Territory. The addition of Western Australia now ensures stronger and consistent protections for all NDIS participants, no matter where they live or receive services.

With Western Australia having completed rolling out the NDIS in December, a commitment of $8.5 million has been allocated from the WA Sector Transition Fund to support the program’s implementation.

The funding comes after two Department of Communities forums identified issues with the transition and the following areas of priority:

  • training opportunities for the disability workforce
  • support for family members to self-advocate and for people with disability to achieve their employment goals
  • building the capacity of service providers to support Aboriginal people, people with psychosocial disabilities and deliver services in under-resourced regional areas
  • supporting service providers to meet the NDIS Commission requirements.

A further $1.2 million has been allocated outside of the Fund for independent behavioral support practitioners to participate in Quality Assurance panels. The total funding will support the sector to meet the NDIS Commission requirements by providing tools to providers to enhance quality and safeguarding practices and implement positive behavior support frameworks.

With this funding, providers will be better able to deliver high-quality supports and services across the state and support people with disability, their families, and carers to achieve the best possible outcomes. Increased workforce training and improved employment opportunities for people with disability through group based peer support will help people with disability achieve their employment goals.

The funding support is good news for NDIS Participants and their families as the Minister for Disability Services, Stephen Dawson, states, “This latest funding boost will support robust quality and safeguarding mechanisms for our disability service providers. It will also empower people with disability to achieve employment through group-based peer support.”

The Sector Transition Fund is designed to safeguard the future sustainability and build the capacity of the Western Australian Disability sector and has so far provided an investment of $43.3 million.

“This latest funding boost will support robust quality and safeguarding mechanisms for our disability service providers. It will also empower people with disability to achieve employment through group-based peer support.”

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