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.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Federal Member for Wentworth, said the fact that the NDIS has now reached 100,000 participants across Australia represents significant progress for the NDIS.
“In Wentworth, about 1,201 people with disability, their families and carers are set to benefit from the NDIS. The NDIS Scheme became available is the eastern suburbs from July this year,” Mr Turnbull said.
“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.
“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.
“In my discussions with people with a disability in Wentworth, their families and carers, it is clear they are very much looking forward to receiving the benefits the NDIS offers to improve their lives.”
The NDIS commenced on 1 July, 2013 in several trial locations across the country. Following the successful trial, the national rollout commenced on 1 July, 2016. The NDIS is being introduced in stages around the country over three years, reflecting the scale and complexity of the reform and the need to ensure it delivers outcomes for participants.
The NDIS will provide about 460,000 Australians, including 1,201 people in Wentworth under the age of 65 with a permanent and significant disability with the reasonable and necessary supports they need to live an ordinary life, including personal care and support, access to the community, therapy services and essential equipment.