Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

DIS­ABIL­ITY ser­vices or­gan­i­sa­tions want the state and fed­eral gov­ern­ments to make a de­ci­sion on how the Na­tional Dis­abil­ity In­sur­ance Scheme (NDIS) will work in WA. On­go­ing un­cer­tainty is caus­ing anx­i­ety among peo­ple with a dis­abil­ity and could com­pro­mise ser­vice de­liv­ery. There are two tri­als in WA – a state-ad­min­is­tered WA NDIS and a fed­eral scheme. De­spite as­sur­ances that a de­ci­sion would be made by the end of last month, a bi­lat­eral agree­ment be­tween the state and fed­eral gov­ern­ments is yet to be reached. Many or­gan­i­sa­tions find the extra ad­min­is­tra­tion re­quired to meet the dif­fer­ent fund­ing mod­els an un­wel­come dis­trac­tion from de­liv­er­ing vi­tal ser­vices to peo­ple with dis­abil­ity. When the tri­als were ex­tended, or­gan­i­sa­tions acted with good­will to con­tinue to bear these costs on the un­der­stand­ing that at the end of Oc­to­ber there would be clar­i­fi­ca­tion on the fi­nal NDIS model. A de­ci­sion needs to be made. – Na­tional Dis­abil­ity Ser­vices WA state com­mit­tee chair­woman Deb­bie Karasin­ski

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