Bilateral negotiations have focused on a range of key issues including participant phasing aligned with the agreed funding envelope, workforce transition, continuity of support and market and sector issues.
The bilateral agreements are a critical requirement for the Agency as they underpin a range of service delivery issues, including office locations, recruitment of Agency staff, and communications and engagement.
The Agency’s Perth Hills trial site opened on 1 July 2014 for people with disability aged up to 65 living in the local government areas of Swan, Kalamunda and Mundaring.
On 16 September 2015, both New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria signed bilateral agreements for the rollout of the Scheme. The agreements give certainty to around 140 000 people with disability in NSW and around 105 000 people with disability in Victoria. They also give certainty to their families and carers. NSW and Victoria transition will occur on a geographic rollout.
The Tasmanian and South Australian (SA) bilateral agreements were signed on 11 December 2015. Both transition arrangements build on the extensive lessons learned from the same approach taken during trial of the Scheme, with SA moving to a geographic rollout.
The Queensland bilateral agreement was signed on 16 March 2016, and supports a total of 91 000 people with disability, also based on a geographic rollout.
On 28 April 2016, the Commonwealth Government announced the Perth Hills trial site would be extended by 12 months to 30 June 2017. The trial area is also being expanded from 1 January 2017 to the local government areas of Bayswater, Bassendean, Chittering, Toodyay, York and Northam, covering more than 1200 people by 30 June 2017.
The Northern Territory (NT) bilateral agreement was signed on 16 May 2016. The rollout for NT will also be geographic with initial focus on continuing to build experience in remote communities.
Negotiations are continuing between the Commonwealth and Western Australian (WA) government on full transition arrangements.
Governments have agreed that operational plans will be signed off shortly after signing of the bilateral agreement for each respective jurisdiction.
The operational plans for NSW, Victoria, SA and Tasmania have all been signed. The Queensland and NT operational plans are progressing well and are expected to be signed shortly. Operational plans are also discussed in Section 2 Performance.
The Agency’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) has facilitated meetings with senior officials of state and territory governments to provide oversight of the Agency’s preparedness for operational plan implementation.
Table 1: Full Scheme Status Report – June 2016
|ACT||Bilateral agreements – signed||Operational plans – signed|
|NSW||Bilateral agreements – signed||Operational plans – signed|
|NT||Bilateral agreements – signed||Operational plans – developing|
|QLD||Bilateral agreements – signed||Operational plans – negotiating|
|SA||Bilateral agreements – signed||Operational plans – signed|
|TAS||Bilateral agreements – signed||Operational plans – signed|
|VIC||Bilateral agreements – signed||Operational plans – signed|
|WA||Bilateral agreements – not started||Operational plans – not started|