No clear win in disability model tussle
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.