NDIS Year-One Summary
At 30 June 2014, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) had been operating for a year. In its 2013-14 Annual Report, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) determined that by 30 June 2014:
- The NDIA had approved 7316 plans for people with disability in 4 trial sites in NSW, Victoria, Tasmania and SA.
- $130.9 million of support was provided.
- Average annualised package costs were $34,600 in line with the $35,000 average estimated by the Productivity Commission. The NDIA ended the financial year with a surplus of $18.0 million.
- Time taken for participant eligibility determination fell from an average of 29.7 days in July–December 2013 to 13.3 days in January–June 2014.
- 94% rated NDIA planning good or very good.
- There were approximately 1350 NDIS registered service providers providing supports across diverse areas ranging from personal care to support participating in the community, including support with obtaining employment.
- The NDIA used the Sector Development Fund to invest approximately $4.5 million in programs and activities to help individuals and organisations transition from Commonwealth, state and territory based systems to the NDIS.
- NDIA employed 516 staff across the trial sites and National Office. Nearly 11% of this workforce identified as having disability (compared with around 3% for the Australian Public Service) and 53% identified as having lived experience of disability.
- The long-term economic benefits of the NDIS are estimated to exceed its costs, adding around 1% to gross domestic product and saving $20 billion per year by 2035.
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