Annual Report 2014-15 Easy English

What we have done

We had the NDIS in more places. The places are called trial sites. We went from 4 to 7 trial sites.

We had 19,817 participants in the NDIS.
Participants are the people with disability that NDIS supports.


There are 1,957 providers.
Providers give services to people with disability to support them.

Most of the participants said that they were happy with the NDIS.

What we have learned

We have worked hard in the trial sites. Our work there tells us about what works and what does not work.

This helps us get ready to start the NDIS in lots more places in Australia.

Lots of participants are doing what they want and being part of
their community.

How much does the NDIS cost?

We spent almost $480 million on supports for participants this year.

It cost around $38,400 to support 1 participant for 1 year.

Our staff

We have about 850 staff.

We think we will have thousands of staff by the year 2020.

16% of our staff said that they have a disability. About 50% of our staff said that they have had some experience with disability. For example, a person close to them has a disability.


We think that the number of participants will go up to 460,000 or more by the year 2020.

The trial sites

The first 4 trial sites started on 1 July 2013.

  • The Hunter - New South Wales
  • Barwon - Victoria
  • South Australia (for children aged six and under)
  • Tasmania (for young people aged 15–25 years).

Then 3 new trial sites started on 1 July 2014.

  • The Australian Capital Territory - this is where Canberra is
  • The Barkly region - Northern Territory
  • Perth Hills - Western Australia.

The NDIS started on 1 July 2015 in the Nepean Blue Mountains - New South Wales (for people aged 0–17 years old).

Full NDIS for Australia

The full NDIS for Australia starts on 1 July 2016.

To get ready, we do 4 things. We listen, learn, build and deliver.

Supporting people with disability and their families and carers is our most important job.

We check we are doing a good job.

We are planning for the new information, linkages and capacity building policy. This is also called ILC. ILC will help people with disability join in and get support in their community.

We have new technology systems. This includes a new, accessible website. It will be easier for participants to find providers. It will be easier for providers to show participants their services and costs.

We are working together with participants, providers and experts.

We are giving money for more assistive technology for participants. Assistive technology means technology to help people with disability.

People with disability have power

The NDIS is helping people with disability and their families and carers to be more involved in the community.

Participants can compare and choose their supports. Participants can compare the prices of supports. This is all new.

Providers can offer new services. We think that this is good for
disability services.

There is a lot of work to do, but we are working hard to make sure that the NDIS works well for people with disability. We want all Australians to be proud of the NDIS.

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