Therapy Focus is a registered provider for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Western Australia.
On 12 December 2017 it was decided that WA will join the nationally delivered NDIS.
From 1 July 2018 the National Disability Insurance Agency will assume responsibility for the delivery of the NDIS in WA. The NDIS will be gradually rolled out, reaching all areas by 2020.
If you are currently under the WA NDIS model you will continue to receive your services as you are transferred to the NDIA. You will receive a letter from the West Australian Government to let you know how the transition will work. Your Local Coordinator can also give you any information you require around this.
There are requirements around age, disability and residence that must be met in order to participate in the NDIS.
If you’re unsure whether or not you are currently eligible, try using the Am I Eligible? Checker.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the NDIS?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of providing funding and support to people with disabilities across Australia. It aims to give people more choice and control, allowing them to live more independently and work towards achieving their goals and aspirations.
Do I have a choice about whether to be part of the NDIS?
If you or your child is eligible for NDIS disability services in Western Australia, then you must participate in the scheme to receive government funding for services. Existing services and support will continue until eligible individuals start their NDIS plan as per the roll-out schedule.
There are tools available online to help you find out if you’re eligible.
What is involved in the transition?
If you are already receiving disability services, or are eligible to, you will be contacted by a WA NDIS Local Coordinator to develop an individual plan. The WA NDIS Local Coordinator will arrange a meeting with you and the key people in your life to set goals and identify what you would like to achieve in the short-term, and into the future. Your plan will outline the support services you might need to help you achieve these goals.
If you are already receiving services from Therapy Focus, a member of your therapy team will arrange to meet with you to ensure you’re prepared for this transition process. If you are not receiving Therapy Focus services, but would like to through the a NDIS model, please contact us for assistance.
What will therapy services look like?
Individuals and families will have more choice and control over how their therapy services are delivered.
NDIS plans are developed with support from NDIS Planning and Support Officers, who will outline the funding you have for therapy services. You may then choose which therapy service provider you would like to access once the plan is finalised.
What about equipment?
Equipment is funded under the NDIS and will be part of your plan. It is important to talk to your WA NDIS/NDIS Coordinator about equipment you already have and what you might need in the future. Equipment may be referred to under the NDIS model as assistive technology.
If you are already receiving services from Therapy Focus, your therapy team can help you understand 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.
Will I be worse off?
The Commonwealth and State Governments have promised that no one will be worse off in changing to the NDIS. It is important to talk to your WA NDIS/NDIS Coordinator about what services you are currently accessing and how these services are helping you achieve your goals.
If you are already receiving services from Therapy Focus, your therapy team can help explain what services you are currently receiving from Therapy Focus, and how therapy and other supports can help you achieve your goals.
Our friendly team can help you find out if you’re eligible and provide further information about the funding options available to you.