Work Based Personal Assistance (WBPA) – Transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

Funding of WBPA, which is part of the Disability Employment Services-Employment Support Services (DES-ESS) program, is gradually transitioning to the NDIS.

The NDIS supports people with permanent and significant disability to have more choice and control. The scheme will deliver a new system of individually tailored support for people with disability based on need, where funding goes to the individual.

The NDIS started in July 2013 as a trial in four locations. There are now trial sites in all states and territories.  Roll out of the full scheme in all states and territories (except Western Australia) commenced progressively from 1 July 2016.  Further information on trial sites and full roll out can be found  on the NDIS Website.

NDIA delivers WBPA to DES-ESS participants in trial sites who meet requirements to enter the NDIS.

DES-ESS providers must not claim WPBA for any DES-ESS participant who:

  • currently receives WBPA service and has a funded plan under the NDIS; or
  • does not currently receive WBPA services and meets the requirements to enter the NDIS.

From 1 July 2013, when the need for WPBA is identified for a DES-ESS participant in an NDIS trial site, the DES-ESS provider must:

  • check whether the NDIA or the Department has provided advice to the person that they have met requirements to enter the NDIS; and
  • check with the DES-ESS participant whether they have tested their eligibility to enter the NDIS.

DES-ESS participants who are in an active trial site and who meet requirements to enter the NDIS can receive WPBA from the NDIA.

Up to date information regarding trial sites and full scheme roll out is available on the NDIS website.

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