No clear win in dis­abil­ity model tus­sle

Pilbara News - - News - Phoebe Wearne

Nei­ther of the Na­tional Dis­abil­ity In­sur­ance Scheme mod­els tri­alled in WA has emerged a “clear win­ner”, Hu­man Ser­vices Min­is­ter Chris­tian Porter says, dis­miss­ing the State Govern­ment’s long-stand­ing claim its dis­abil­ity sys­tem is su­pe­rior.

WA is re­fus­ing to cede con­trol of its dis­abil­ity ser­vices to the Fed­eral Govern­ment, in­sist­ing its own scheme is cheaper, more ef­fi­cient and bet­ter for the peo­ple need­ing sup­port.

As other States and Ter­ri­to­ries pre­pared for Statewide roll-outs of the $22 bil­lion NDIS from July 1, tri­als of the State Govern­ment’s WA NDIS in the Lower South West, Cock­burn and Kwinana and the Fed­eral Govern­ment’s Na­tional Dis­abil­ity In­sur­ance Agency-run model in the Perth Hills were ex­tended by up to a year.

The two gov­ern­ments had hoped to reach an agree­ment by the end of last month, but ne­go­ti­a­tions drag on.

Mr Porter, who is con­sid­er­ing a yet-to-be-re­leased re­view of the tri­als, said the re­sults were “mixed” but Can­berra could not force its po­si­tion on any State.

“Peo­ple would have dif­fer­ent views ... but there’s no su­per clear win­ner based on the ob­ser­va­tions that I would of­fer to you, hav­ing read (the re­port) in its pre­lim­i­nary form,” he said.

“We want to pro­duce an out­come based on best ev­i­dence.”

WA Dis­abil­ity Ser­vices Min­is­ter Donna Faragher said the State had pre­sented its pre­ferred model to the Fed­eral Govern­ment and was con­fi­dent that its po­si­tion was sup­ported by the re­view’s find­ings.

“WA’s pri­mary fo­cus is in en­sur­ing that the NDIS model that is rolled out pro­vides the best pos­si­ble out­comes for all peo­ple with dis­abil­ity in this State,” Ms Faragher said.

WA dis­abil­ity ad­vo­cates warned the State Govern­ment against over­stat­ing the ben­e­fits of its NDIS model over the Fed­eral scheme.

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