$8.5 million in assistance to the National Disability Insurance Scheme Transition from the disability sector

The Western Australia Government is investing up to $8 million into the framework for assistance in transitioning to the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

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November 6, 2022

Funding can help people with disabilities reach job goals through group-based peer support and improve quality and self-management care. Additional funding will be provided for the upskilling of the current workforce, for the localisation of service providers in the many areas that have few resources in the country, and to provide culturally relevant services to Aboriginal people.

Help for improving access rates for individuals with psychosocial conditions will also be offered. The McGowan Government has today confirmed a further $8.5 million in funding has been allocated to the disability sector through the WA Sector Transition Fund for 2020-21.

The Sector Transition Fund is structured to insure future viability and develop capacity in the Western Australian disability sector.

The Department of Communities has held two workshops to recognise transition issues and focus areas to help guide the new funding round.

This funding boost will support the disability sector to prepare to meet NDIS Commission requirements and implement positive behaviour support frameworks.

It will offer resources to service providers to enhance their quality and practises, provide effective staff training and improve job prospects through group-based peer support to people with disabilities.

In May 2018, the State Government pledged $20.3 million of funding over two years from 2018-19 to assist licenced service providers in the disability services sector to make the transition to the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) operating environment.

Since then, another 14 million dollars have been invested on 2021-21 and a further 9 million dollars have been allocated for 2021, taking overall transition support resources to 43.3 million dollars.

The insurance scheme that was announced will help to benefit individuals with disabilities, their families and carers to achieve the best possible results as well as assist supporting providers to continue to provide and sustain the highest level of supports and services.
$1.6 million was provided to provide much-needed training for the disability workforce saying:

"We will give $1 million to help family and friends to self-advocate and for people with disabilities to reach their aim for jobs."

The Government of Western Australia is investing $ 3.75 million in building the capacity of community members, individuals with psychosocial disability, and help Aboriginal communities in rural areas across Western Australia. The Federal Government will provide $2.15 million to help service providers meet the NDIS Commission criteria while an additional $1.25 million has been allocated over and above the Sector Transition Fund for independent behaviour support practitioners to participate in quality assurance panels.

The remarks that Disability Service Minister, Stephen Dawson, had to say about the new programme:

The McGowan Labor Government is committed to promoting the transition from the Disability sector to the National Disability Insurance System.

"The funding allocated to the WA Sector Transition Fund amounts to $43.3 million to date. The funds invested will provide assistance to the disability sector in order to transition to the National Disability Insurance System (NDIS)"

"We are excited about this new funding increase in helping our disability services providers fine-tune their efficiency and safeguarding frameworks."

"In order to help people become jobs, it will also enable people with disabilities to gain employment through group-based peer support."

"Prior to the roll-out of the NDIS, the disability sector in WA was highly exploited providing high quality supports that encouraged choice and control through an individualised funding system."

"Western Australia's benchmark is strong and Northern Territory's government is committed to helping the sector to strive to provide the highest standard of services and is committed to the highest quality of services for people with disabilities, their families and carers, to achieve the best possible outcomes."

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