The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is providing assistance to more than 22,000 Australians with disability according to the National Disability Insurance Agency’s (NDIA) latest quarterly report.

The data comes from the report to the COAG Disability Reform Council for the December Quarter 2015, released today, which contains detail from the NDIA’s ongoing monitoring of the Scheme’s roll-out.

More than $1.5 billion has been invested to date in the services and equipment Australians with disability need to live more independent lives. Other key findings include:

  • 22,281 people with disability had an approved NDIS plan, at a total cost of $1,521 million
  • Of the 22,281 people with approved NDIS plans:
    • 6292 people are in New South Wales
    • 5348 people are in South Australia
    • 1065 people are in Tasmania
    • 4795 people are in Victoria
    • 2947 people are in ACT
    • 117 people are in Northern Territory
    • 1717 people are in Western Australia.
  • The cost of the average package (excluding residents of large institutions) is $35,450. This remains below the expected full Scheme average of $38,600
  • Participant satisfaction levels with the NDIS remain high.

NDIA Chief Executive Officer David Bowen said the report was an important monitoring tool and showed the Scheme remained on time and on budget.

“This report helps us ensure the objectives of the Scheme are being met for participants and that it remains financially sustainable,” Mr Bowen said.

“The first 30 months of Scheme experience indicates that overall costs are in line with expectations.

“We also continue to receive positive feedback from participants about their level of satisfaction which is really pleasing.

“This puts us in good stead to commence the national roll-out on 1 July which will ultimately support 460,000 Australians with disability, their families and carers to achieve their goals across independence, social participation and health and wellbeing.”

The full report is available on the Quarterly Reports page.

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