The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides support to eligible people with intellectual, physical, sensory, cognitive and psychosocial disability. The NDIS has been rolled out nationally across all states and territories and is now available to all eligible Australians. The NDIS roll out in all areas of Western Australia was complete as of 30 June 2020.
The Department of Communities is the lead Western Australian State Government agency working with the Commonwealth and National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to support and prepare people with disability, their families and carers to transition to the NDIS and maximise their capacity to exercise choice and control. This work also includes ensuring service providers are ready and capable to provide services and developing approaches for managing transition issues.
The Mental Health Commission is actively involved, working with State and Commonwealth agencies to assist people with psychosocial disability transition from State funded mental health programs and the community into the NDIS. This includes contributing as a member on a range of different committees to ensure the rights and interests of people with a mental illness are supported and upheld.
Mental Health Commission Funded Projects to Support NDIS Access
The Mental Health Commission has invested just under $2 million to support people with psychosocial disability to test their eligibility for the NDIS. By March 2021, projects either supported or funded by the Mental Health Commission had resulted in 343 people with psychosocial disability in Western Australia being found eligible for NDIS (10% of total NDIS participants in WA at this time). 223 of the individuals who were successful in accessing the NDIS were residents of psychiatric hostels.
The most recent MHC funded project, which commenced mid May 2021, aims to assist a further 300 individuals with their NDIS access requests and pre-planning support.
Am I eligible for the NDIS?
If you are receiving a service from a community mental health clinic, a Commission funded community service or were previously receiving supports from one of the Commonwealth funded mental health programs (Partners in Recovery, Personal Helpers and Mentors, Day to Day Living) you can ask your provider for help. This may include gathering or writing reports required to make an access request for eligibility or supporting you to be prepared for the NDIS planning process. Your GP may also provide some direction and guidance about the steps required. You may also be eligible for the NDIS if you are not currently receiving these types of services.
Use the NDIS Eligibility checklist to confirm your eligibility and learn how to apply.
This NDIS website will help you understand what is happening in Western Australia and inform you of services available to help you test your eligibility.
Are you a NDIS service provider?
See this page