Wa disability Services Sector Industry Plan Highlights Introduction



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WA Disability Services Sector Industry Plan

Highlights

Introduction


National Disability Services WA (NDS WA) is excited to present the WA Disability Services Sector Industry Plan (The Industry Plan). It provides a clear picture of where the sector is now, and how it can best make the transition to where it must be at full roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The Industry Plan provides effective support for the NDIS transition.

This overview provides a summary of key findings, an analysis of service capability, strategies for transition and a plan for implementation. A full version of the WA Disability Services Sector Industry Plan is available on the NDS website, www.nds.org.au.


About the Industry Plan


NDS commissioned ACIL Allen Consulting in July 2016 to research and establish a knowledge base on the contribution and potential of the WA disability sector under the NDIS – the Industry Plan.

The Industry Plan will form the centrepiece for the effective implementation of the NDIS in WA, highlighting priorities and outlining a range of measures that require strong investment by the State Government.

The Plan clearly articulates that the NDIS will stimulate significant economic and jobs

growth for the State, but that smooth transition and delivery of high-quality disability

services in all parts of our vast state will require significant investment by the State

Government in an Industry Plan. This has been the case with other jurisdictions such

as Victoria ($36M) and NSW ($30M) to assist with sector NDIS readiness and building a

sustainable supply of disability services into the future.

The Plan highlights the importance of the WA disability sector working in close partnership with the State Government to improve the lives of people with disability in our State. This

will assist in building a strong disability sector that provides increasing and diverse choice

for people with disability across WA, including regional and remote locations.

Why an Industry Plan is needed


A well-functioning NDIS will improve the lives of people with disability and their families

and create a sustainable disability support system. However, without a coordinated

strategic approach to change management, there is a risk that growth in demand will

outpace supply and that service innovation will be impeded.

The Industry Plan provides a clear, solid framework for a coordinated and comprehensive

approach to NDIS transition and is relevant for all levels of government and all sectors

of the community. The Industry Plan is expected to evolve over the next three years in

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response to the external drivers that influence and shape the sector. The Industry Plan is an evidence-based strategic data asset that creates a line of sight between organisational and market outcomes and quality of life outcomes for people with disability. It demonstrates

cause and effect between the interests of consumers, government policy settings and the

sustainable supply of services.


How the Industry Plan was developed


The Industry Plan was developed through extensive engagement within the disability

sector and analysis of new and existing data and information. The compressed timeline for

the full roll out of the NDIS in WA was considered, as was the experience of other states

and territories. Interstate experiences demonstrate the importance of engaging people

with disability, their families and carers, as well as service providers in the design of the

Scheme and its implementation. It is critical that the significant problems experienced in

other jurisdictions are avoided in order to keep the NDIS implementation on track in WA.

Profile of the WA disability sector


To inform the development of the Industry Plan, ACIL Allen developed a separate,

stand-alone Industry Profile of the WA disability services sector. It provides a snapshot

of the sector’s performance and outlook, as well as its overall strengths, weaknesses,

opportunities and any threats to its success.


The Industry Profile is based on the SWOT analysis undertaken on the sector and other

reports already developed by ACIL Allen, including the WA Disability Sector Economic

Impact Assessment report and the WA Disability Sector Survey report.
The SWOT summary, shown in Figure 2, depicts the overall performance and outlook for

the WA disability sector. It provided an important starting point in the development of the

Industry Plan. Figure 1 provides a snapshot of key opportunities and challenges identified

by the WA Disability Services Sector as the transition to the NDIS occurs.


The SWOT analysis also provided valuable insights for sector organisations in the

development of their own strategic plans as the sector moves towards full implementation

of the NDIS in WA.
Critical information sourced from the SWOT analysis has informed the Three Strategic

Themes of the Industry Plan.



Figure 1. WA disability services sector opportunities and challenges
Figure 1: WA disability services sector opportunities and challenges

Figure 2. WA disability services sector SWOT summary


Figure 2: WA disability services sector SWOT summary



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