Three years of NDIS success in NSW
Three years after fully implementing the world’s leading reform, more than 146,000 people across NSW now benefit from the services and support of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Minister for Family, Community and Disability Services Alister Henskens said NSW was the first state to join the NDIS and was leading the way in initial test sites and then in full rollout. The NSW government will contribute $ 3.6 billion to the NDIS this year.
“Since the Hunter NDIS studies began in 2013, approximately $ 30 billion in appropriate and necessary assistance has been provided to people with disabilities in NSW,” said Henskens.
“NDIS gives people with disabilities hope and greater independence by choosing the support people with disabilities receive so that they can lead happy and healthy lives with opportunities for social and economic participation.
“The voices of people with disabilities, their families and carers are very important to be heard about NDIS. NSW will continue to advocate on their behalf with our Commonwealth, State and Territory counterparts as we work to make this important social reform more sustainable. “
Of the 146,000 participants who access the NDIS, 80,000 people are being supported for the first time in their lives.
More than 68,000 participants in NSW are children and adolescents, of which 22,000 are under- to six-year-olds who were not yet born when the NDIS studies began.
“In addition to delivering tremendous social outcomes for people with disabilities, NDIS also strengthens our economies, promotes jobs and growth for organizations across our state,” said Henskens.
“There are currently more than 4,000 service providers in the disability sector, many of which are growing exponentially through NDIS.”
Further information on the NDIS can be found at www.ndis.gov.au.