More Australians Accessing NDIS But Concerns Remain

Almost 120,000 Australians now have access to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) according to the latest quarterly report, but disability advocates warn that South Australia is falling behind in the roll-out and “getting a raw deal”.

The National Disability Insurance Agency’s (NDIA) NDIS Quarterly Report for 1 July to 30 September 2017, showed that 119,501 Australians are receiving support under the scheme.

NDIS recipients are heavily concentrated in New South Wales, with 58,367 people on approved plans across the state

The next best performing state is Victoria with 18,826 recipients, followed by Queensland with 9,237 participants.

New survey data included in the report found that 84 per cent of participants in the quarter rated their experience either good or very good.

NDIA CEO Robert De Luca said the data demonstrated the national roll-out of the NDIS was on-track and performing well.

“The NDIS is now delivering support to almost 120,000 Australians and is making steady progress in delivering this significant national reform,” De Luca said.

“These results demonstrate the NDIS is supporting Australians with disability to participate in the community, increase their independence and exercise greater choice and control.”

But disability advocates in South Australia have said thousands of people across the state have been approved for NDIS access, but are going without vital services.

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