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, including people in Pearce.
Federal Member for Pearce and Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter, said the fact that the NDIS has now reached 100,000 participants across Australia represents significant progress for the NDIS.
“In our local area, many people with disability, their families and carers are already benefitting from the NDIS and ultimately we expect about 2,902 participants to benefit from the Scheme in Pearce,” Mr Porter said 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, enter the workforce and live the life they choose.
“In my discussions within Pearce with NDIS participants and their families and carers, it is clear that participants believe their NDIS plan is making their lives better.”
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 2,902 people in Pearce 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.