The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has reached a major milestone with 100,000 Australians with disability now having choice and control over life-changing support delivered through the scheme.
Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter, said the achievement represented significant progress for the NDIS.
“One year into the national rollout of the NDIS we have 100,000 people with disability living more independent lives, accessing the services and equipment they need, participating in their communities, entering the workforce and contributing to the economy,” minister Porter said.
“To have 100,000 people now receiving reasonable and necessary supports from the NDIS is a major milestone.
“All Australians should be very proud of this landmark scheme that replaces a system where the level of support a person with disability received was determined by their postcode and the vastly different funding provided from all levels of government.
“Whilst this milestone is significant, we know there is much more to do to ensure the best NDIS possible is delivered during the three-year transition to full scheme.”
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Assistant minister for Disability Services, Jane Prentice, said the NDIS was transforming people’s lives.
“In my discussions across Australia with NDIS participants, and their families and carers, it is clear that they believe the NDIS is making their lives better,” assistant minister Prentice said.
“The NDIS is focussed on building capacity and delivering outcomes so more people with a disability can participate in their community and enter the workforce and live the life they choose.”
The NDIS commenced on July 1, 2013 in several trial locations across the country. During the three-year trial period, 30,000 Australians with disability entered the scheme.
Following the successful trial, the national rollout commenced on July 1, 2016 and was rolled out across the Illawarra and Shoalhaven on July 1, 2017.
The NDIS is available to Australians with a permanent and significant disability. For more information go to www.ndis.gov.au