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Disabilities Workers at United Voice WA

For the first time since a two-year-trial of the National Disabilities Insurance Scheme began in Western Australia, delegates from Bunbury and Perth met face-to-face.

The Disability Industry Delegate Group hosted a road trip in May where delegates met in Bunbury to compare and contrast two different disability plans running in WA.

What is the Difference between the NDIS and My Way?

Disabilities Workers at United Voice WA

Since July 1, 2014, WA has participated in the NDIS – the Commonwealth Government’s NDIS model and the WA State Government’s NDIS My Way model.

The Government recently announced the WA trials will be extended until July 2017.

DID group member Delma says the road trip was a “positive” event to discuss the industry face-to-face so people could talk about everything they wanted to.

“It was basically about understanding what NDIS is going to bring to our industry,” she says.

“For some they had no idea what was happening, because it hadn’t hit them yet.”

Delma says it’s incredibly important disability workers get involved with the union as these two systems are tested in WA, to make sure they are aware of the difference between the two models and have contact with workers in the industry.

An independent evaluation of the trials in WA has been conducted and is due for release in August 2016.

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