DisabilityCare Australia, the national disability insurance scheme, will become a truly national scheme, with Western Australia signing up on 4 August 2013.
This agreement between the Commonwealth and Western Australian Governments means that a two year launch will commence from July 2014.
The Commonwealth and WA Government will jointly fund a DisabilityCare Australia launch site in the Perth Hills area, with around 4,300 participants.
This will be delivered by the DisabilityCare Australia Agency under national arrangements set out in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Act 2013.
The two Governments will also jointly fund two sites that will operate under the Western Australian My Way model, in the Lower South West and Cockburn-Kwinana, with around 4,080 participants.
These sites will be delivered by the Western Australia Disability Services Commission under State legislation.
Around 8400 West Australians with disability, their families and carers will benefit from the DisabilityCare Australia and MyWay sites in WA.
As with the other launch sites, there will be an independent evaluation of the services and outcomes in both sites during the launch period so that any positives and negatives can be shared and taken into account in the future delivery of services in Western Australia and full roll-out of DisabilityCare across Australia.