Therapy Focus is a registered service provider for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Western Australia.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of providing funding and supports to people with permanent and significant disabilities across Australia. It gives you more choice and control over services, and how you receive them.
We deliver services in the local government areas of Swan, Kalamunda, Mundaring, Bayswater, Bassendean, Chittering, Toodyay, York and Northam through the Commonwealth Government’s NDIS model.
We also deliver services in the local government areas of Cockburn, Kwinana, Armadale, Murray, Serpentine-Jarrahdale and the Lower Southwest through the State Government’s WA NDIS model.
NDIS Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of providing individualised support and funding for people with disabilities in Australia. The scheme aims to give people more choice and control; allowing them to live more independently and work towards achieving their goals and aspirations.
As the new scheme will be a big change to the current system, the NDIS is being rolled out in stages. In Western Australia two separate trials are being run – one by the WA State Government and one by the Commonwealth Government.
State Government trial (WA NDIS)
The WA NDIS (formerly called My Way) trial is being run by the WA State Government and managed by the Disability Services Commission (DSC). It has been running in the lower southwest region of WA since 1 July 2014 and was expanded to include the local government area of Cockburn and Kwinana from 1 July 2015.
From 1 October 2016 the WA NDIS trial will be expanded again to include the local government areas of Armadale, Murray and Serpentine-Jarrahdale.
Commonwealth Government trial (NDIS)
The NDIS trail is being run by the Commonwealth Government and managed by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). It has been running in the local government areas of Swan, Kalamunda and Mundaring since 1 July 2014.
From 1 January 2017 the NDIS trial was expanded to include the local government areas of Bayswater, Bassendean, Chittering, Toodyay, York and Northam.
Do I have to take part in the NDIS?
If you or your child is eligible for disability services in Western Australia and you live within a trial site, then in order to receive Government support and funding you must participate in the NDIS.
There are tools on the NDIS website and DSC website to help you find out if you’re eligible to access the NDIS:
When will the change take place?
If you are already receiving disability services, or are eligible to, you will be contacted by either a WA NDIS Local Coordinator or NDIS Planning and Support Coordinator (depending on which trial site you live in) to change to the NDIS. Existing national and state-based services and supports will continue until eligible individuals start their NDIS plan.
What do I have to do to prepare?
When you are contacted by a WA NDIS/NDIS Coordinator, they will arrange a meeting with you and the key people in your life to develop your individual plan. This plan will include your short and long-term goals, and identify what support you require to achieve these goals.
If you are already receiving services from Therapy Focus, a member of your therapy team will arrange to meet with you prior to ensure you’re prepared for this planning process. If you are not receiving Therapy Focus services, but would like to through the NDIS, please contact us for assistance.
What will therapy services look like?
Through the NDIS individuals and families will have more choice and control over how their therapy services are delivered.
WA NDIS plans are developed in consultation with a WA NDIS Local Coordinator, who will discuss the therapy service providers available to you during the plan development phase.
NDIS plans are developed in consultation with an NDIS Planning and Support Officer, who will outline your funding for therapy services. You may then choose which service provider you would like to access once the plan is finalised.
For more information about the therapy and support services Therapy Focus offers, visit our how we can help page. For more information about how our therapy teams deliver services, visit our how we work page.
Can I continue to receive services from Therapy Focus under the NDIS?
Yes. If you are already receiving services and support from Therapy Focus, you can choose Therapy Focus as your service provider in your NDIS plan and we will continue to deliver services without interruption.
Will I be worse off?
In changing to the NDIS, the Commonwealth and State Governments have promised that no one will be worse off. It is important to talk to your WA NDIS/NDIS Coordinator about what services you are already receiving and how these are helping you achieve your goals.
If you are already receiving services from Therapy Focus, your therapy team can help explain what services and support you are currently receiving from Therapy Focus, and how therapy and other supports can help you achieve your goals and aspirations.
Can I manage my own funds?
Yes. There are a range of options available for families who wish to manage their own plan and funding. WA NDIS/NDIS Coordinators can provide further information about self-management options.
How does the NDIS affect access to equipment?
Equipment and assistive technology is funded under the NDIS and will be part of your plan if you have equipment needs. It is important to talk to your WA NDIS/NDIS Coordinator about the equipment you already have and what you might need in the future.
If you are already receiving services from Therapy Focus, your therapy team can help you decide what equipment you might need and what support is required. For more information about how Therapy Focus can assist in terms of equipment, visit our Aids & Equipment page.