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NDIS participation continues to grow in 2021

NDIS participation continues to grow in 2021

Increased participation in the NDIS mean more Australians who live with a disability are receiving access to the supports they require to live rich, fulfilling lives that are contributing and connected to their community.

New data released show that the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) continues to grow, with the program now providing disability support to more than 484,000 Australians.

There are around 4.3 million Australians who live with some form of disability. Worldwide it is thought that around 15% of people fall into this category.

Within the next five years, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will provide more than $22 billion in funding a year to an estimated 500,000 Australians who have permanent and significant disability. For many people, it will be the first time they receive the disability support they need.

The NDIS can provide all people with disability with information and connections to services in their communities such as home care supports, doctors, sporting clubs, support groups, libraries and schools, as well as information about what support is provided by each state and territory government.

The data shows that in September 2021

  • $2.15 billion was paid in participant supports – an 25 per cent rise on September 2020, and 3 per cent more than was forecast in the interim update to the AFSR;
  • At 30 September 2021, there were 484,700 participants in the Scheme, an increase of 23% from September 2020.
  • Participants received, on average, $54,100 in annualised paid supports – a 2 per cent increase from September 2020.

Minister for the NDIS, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds, said the Federal Government was committed to ensuring that the scheme was the best it could be – so that Australians could continue to rely on it.

“We know that the NDIS has already transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of Australians and that of their families,” Minister Reynolds said.

“But we also recognise that the scheme needs to continue to improve, so that it can be fairer and more consistent for the future.

“The costs of the NDIS continue to increase at a much higher rate than was expected, which means that it is now facing sustainability challenges,” Minister Reynolds said.

The NDIA will continue to publish monthly data, in addition to the NDIS Quarterly Reports, via the NDIS.

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