WA in NDIS – Whole of Australia covered: Now keep it sustainable and consumer-controlled

4 August 2013

People with Disability Australia (PWDA) has welcomed the announcement by Prime Minister Rudd that Western Australia will sign up to DisabilityCare.

We understand that DisabilityCare and WA’s individualised support pilot called My Way are to be trialled side by side in different jurisdictions.

PWDA President Craig Wallace said “While details are still emerging this is a good day for Western Australians with disability and for Australia as a whole.  The Scheme will now have a national footprint with Australia’s largest State now being covered.  Every State and Territory in Australia is now in the Scheme.

“This is a real breakthrough as WA had previously indicated they wouldn’t sign up prior to the election.  Western Australians can now be confident of a sustainable funding pipeline for good disability supports as the resources boom slows.  I congratulate both Prime Minister Rudd and Premier Barnett.

“We need the best knowledge, the best evidence, the best models. People in all the launch sites will benefit from the experience that WA brings to the table and this should provide some interesting evidence about related approaches to individualised funding.

“This is a good moment to discuss the future of the Scheme and sustainability and I am today releasing PWDA’s election policy on DisabilityCare”.

The key planks of the policy are:
  • Funding for DisabilityCare is secured and guaranteed in perpetuity
  • Fully implement the National Disability Strategy (NDS)
  • The paradigm shift to person centred approaches must remain at the forefront across all processes of DisabilityCare
  • Establishment of an independent consumer complaints and resolution mechanism with enforcement powers
  • Independent information and advocacy services for people with disability must be adequately funded
MEDIA: Craig Wallace 0413 135 731
Phone: 02 8365 0400 Toll Free: 1800 422 015 Email: pwd@pwd.org.au
People with Disability Australia Incorporated (PWDA) is a national disability rights and advocacy, non-profit, non-government organisation. We have a cross-disability focus, representing the interests of people with all kinds of disability and our membership is made up of people with disability and organisations mainly constituted by people with disability.
Our vision is of a socially just, accessible and inclusive community, in which the human rights, citizenship, contribution, potential and diversity of all people with disability are respected and celebrated.