Kira CEO, John Macdonald recently met with Mark Folkard, WA Labor Member for Burns Beach, and Emily Hamilton WA Labor Member for Joondalup to discuss Kira’s concerns, particularly the challenges associated with the NDIS. Mr. Folkard shared these concerns with Minister Stephen Dawson, and Kira received a personal response from the Minister, acknowledging each issue and offering government action and plans.
Kira’s main concerns were, The supply of support workers able to support a person with a disability (PWD), finding meaningful places that are safe and with things to do that are cost effective, suitable and allow a PWD to make community connections, finding meaningful jobs that are suitable for a PWD and insufficient transport funding options. The Minister responded to each concern and presented the government undertakings to resolve them.
To address the shortfall of disability care workforce he shared the progress on the State Training Board’s Social Assistance and Allied Health Workforce Strategy, the 50% reduction of TAFE fees for disability care and the McGowan government’s $20 million Sector Transition Funding for the sustainability of the disability sector. In response to the concerns on finding employment, the Minister stated that the NDIS will be giving participants choice and support through individualised planning and funding, and the NDIS Participant Employment Strategy 2019-2022. Lastly, he shared his efforts on the implementation of a new NDIS transport policy to ensure that participants have access to the necessary support and transport needs.
The minister declared his dedication on ensuring people with disability have equal opportunities through the State Disability Strategy, “I am committed to seeing a Western Australia that includes, welcomes, and values people with disability and enables full social and economic participation”.
Access the full letter of Hon Stephen Dawson here: Response from the Minister for Disability Services