Intelife Group Welcomes NDIS Announcement
Intelife Group welcomes the joint announcement made on 12 December 2017 by the Commonwealth and Western Australian governments that Western Australia will join the nationally delivered National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
The announcement brings certainty to the direction for the provision of disability services within Western Australia. The sector needed directional clarity to guarantee appropriate planning and resources to ensure that people with disability in the State receive the best possible service.
Intelife CEO, Steve Edgar, said “The decision creates a certainty that will allow us to invest in the best service options rather than react to annual State budgets. We can now use our NDIS – Federal experience to assist existing and prospective clients in understanding the NDIS scheme and how they can ensure that they maximise the benefits that the scheme will provide to them. We look forward to working with the NDIA as the transition progresses across the State.”
Intelife Group has experience with the federal NDIS operating in trial site within the State and has a strong understanding of the operation of the scheme and the benefits it can bring to people with disability. Mr Edgar said “We have, over the last twelve months, developed an operating model that works within the federal NDIS scheme and we look forward to expanding that model across the rest of the State”.
Whilst Intelife shares the concerns the sector has in relation to some pricing aspects and that there is a need for support from the State government to build workforce capacity, the announcement now allows the sector to work actively with both the NDIA and State government to determine the correct approach to ensure the full benefits of the scheme are delivered to people with disability in the State.