The NDIS now supports 184,000 Australians living with a disability

Disability, Industry August 27, 2018

Since its launch in 2013, the NDIS has spent plenty of time in the limelight. Six years on, the NDIS has proved itself as a supportive and important scheme to over 180,000 Australians across the country.

A few weeks ago, the National Disability Insurance Scheme released some positive quarterly results:

  • At the end of June 2018, 184,000 Australians were benefiting from an NDIS plan. 1 in 3 of these participants had never before received funding for disability services from government initiatives.
  • 91% of parents and carers of young NDIS participants consider the NDIS a large contributor to their child’s development.
  • 71% of adults receiving NDIS funding believe the scheme has helped them in completing daily activities.
  • 3,700 participants who begun receiving support in 2018 live with autism.

Of all NDIS participants, 9% are culturally and linguistically diverse, 6% are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent and 10% have a psychosocial disability.

According to the National Disability Insurance Agency’s CEO Robert de Luca, more participants are expressing satisfaction with the NDIS than previous years.

“The results are very encouraging, however, there is still room for improvement and we continue to work on a number of initiatives to further enhance the experience.”

The NDIS’s growth isn’t just recognisable in its participants – it’s also evident in the surge of NDIS registered service providers and the growing disability workforce:

  • The number of NDIS registered service providers has grown by 17% (16,755).
  • Today, there are 73,000 workers in the NDIS related workforce, while the NDIA estimates 162,000 workers will exist in the sector by 2020.

“The NDIS is now fully operational in New South Wales, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory. This means hundreds of thousands of Australians are now benefitting from the NDIS and its life-changing support, right across the country,” said De Luca.

You can read the latest NDIS quarterly reports here.

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