Wa Ndis Bilateral Agreement December 2017

On December 13, 2017, VA Minister for Disability Stephen Dawson announced to ABC radio that 200 employees from the Department of Municipal Security and Disability Services will be recruited from the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) and an additional 100 people will be recruited to move to the federal system. This announcement means that the bilateral agreement, signed in January 2017 by the previous Australian government for a state-provided NDIS (LA WA NDIS), will be replaced by a new agreement and that the transition will be carried out in a planned and gradual manner. As disability organizations, the terms of your current service contracts and/or grant agreements remain unchanged. During this transition period, we know that you will continue to provide the quality support and services you provide to people with disabilities throughout Western Australia. The new agreement, reached by the local government, represents a considerable saving for the state and reverses the last-minute agreement signed by the previous government on the eve of the March regional elections. The government has agreed with the Commonwealth to delay the transition to the NDIS Quality and Safety Commission until 1 December 2020. Municipalities will continue to cooperate with the Commonwealth from July 1, 2020 to December 1, 2020 to register NDIS disability service providers. “I am pleased to inform you that an agreement has been reached between the Commonwealth and the governments of Western Australia, under which our state will join the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) delivered at the national level. He said the decision offered Western Australians with disabilities stability, security and confidence that, over the course of their lives, they would enjoy good support “that is not subject to the vagaries of the state budget, but is subject to national agreement and is supported by the Medicare tax, which supports the NDIS.” State and Commonwealth governments have signed a new bilateral agreement that will lead to the VA`s accession to other states and territories and, from next July, to the National Disability Insurance Agency. Link to DDWA and PWdWA Joint Media Release December 12, 2017 The Commonwealth pays 100 per cent of administrative costs and potential overruns under the new agreement.