This year a new local coordination model has been introduced in WA: here’s what’s new and how it may affect families.
Changes to LACs
In December 2018 the NDIS announced the WA Partners in the Community. These three organisations, APM, Mission Australia, and Wanslea Family Services, will provide local coordination services to WA participants.
Since May 2019, Wanslea Family Services will provide support for Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI). APM and Mission Australia will take over from the DoC and provide local area coordination support for participants over the age of 7.
Who provides support may differ depending on your situation. When you join the NDIS you will be designated a LAC from APM or Mission Australia to help you navigate your supports.
If you are currently receiving government funding from the DoC, you may be working with a Local Coordinator (LC). When you transition to the NDIS a new LAC will be available to you.
An NDIS approach
LACs are there to support you, your family, and carers through your whole NDIS journey. This is a new model of support that connects you with the local supports and providers best suited for you.
Their role includes:
- Being your main point of contact for the NDIS
- Helping you understand and prepare your plan
- Connecting you with service providers and other supports
- Assisting to implement and review your plan
Here at Workpower we work closely with local coordination to ensure each person is matched to the right supports.
As the WA partners, Mission Australia and APM will provide supports in the following areas:
- Central North Metro
- South East Metro
- North East Metro
- North Metro
- Central South Metro
- South Metro
- South West
- Great Southern
- Inner Wheatbelt
If you live in the outer Wheatbelt, Midwest-Gascoyne, Kimberley and Pilbara, and Goldfields and Esperance regions, the NDIA can provide planning support. You can also check who’s providing support coordination in your area.
The NDIS rolls out
As of July 2019, the NDIS will be rolled out across the state. Whether you’re accessing supports for the first time or transferring over, it helps to prepare early for the supports you’d like in your NDIS plan.
Along with asking your LAC for assistance, we can help answer any questions about the NDIS and provide the right advice for your situation. Talk to one of our expert team members today by calling 1800 610 665 or emailing us here.