As announced by Minister Dawson on 21 May 2020, Western Australia is delaying the transition of National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) quality and safeguarding functions to the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission from 1 July 2020 until 1 December 2020.

This delay has been requested by the sector as they deal with the impacts of COVID-19.

WA has long had a robust approach to quality and safeguarding of people with disability, and is committed to ensuring that Western Australians with disability, their families and carers continue to receive the supports and services they need during the pandemic until we are ready to transition to the Commission.

Additional staff will be provided to the Health and Disability Service Complaints Office (HaDSCO) to support and facilitate people with disability, their family and carers being able to raise concerns and lodge complaints about disability services, especially in the context of restrictive practices.

This is a delay to assist providers manage the COVID-19 response. The State’s intent is clear: the transition into the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission will still occur.

Read more in Minister Dawson’s media statement.