Improving the national NDIS experience

As Minister and Assistant Minister for Social Services, one of the most enjoyable parts of our role is speaking to the many participants, families, carers and their supporters all over Australia. Hearing about how the NDIS is helping people with disability to live better lives reinforces our resolve to further improve the NDIS for all Australians.

In January this year, the NDIS hit an important milestone. More than 250,000 participants are now benefitting from the NDIS. This means a quarter of a million people are receiving supports and services they need to achieve their goals, including more than 78,000 people who are receiving support and services for the first time.

The disability supports provider market has also continued to expand, with more than 19,000 providers across Australia providing increased choice and control to participants over the supports and services they use to meet their goals.

At the start of 2019 the NDIS became available to all remaining groups of people and locations across Victoria, Tasmania and Queensland. This means the NDIS is now available to all eligible Australians in all states and territories except Western Australia. The NDIS will be available in all of Western Australia from 1 July 2019.

When fully rolled out, it is estimated that more than 460,000 Australians with disability will be supported by the NDIS. While our experience demonstrates that it sometimes takes a little bit longer for people to approach the NDIS—our priority has, and always will be, on delivering a high quality NDIS experience to all Australians with disability, their families and carers.

We are committed to continually improving the NDIS to ensure it delivers on its promise for people with disability, their families and carers.

It has been an incredibly busy six months at the NDIA so we are pleased to be able to update you on a range of improvements to make the NDIS the best it can be.

In the last six months, we have delivered:

But our work is not done yet. Today we are announcing significant increases to some of the prices paid for the supports and services delivered under the NDIS. These changes are designed to encourage a healthy and diverse marketplace for disability services and enable NDIS participants to access a broad range of innovative supports to help them achieve their goals. Funding in participant plans will be automatically adjusted to reflect these price changes so participants can continue to access the same levels of support they are currently receiving.

None of these exciting changes would have been possible without the contribution of people with disability, their families, carers, providers and supporters in providing us with feedback and working with us to identify solutions.

We remain as committed as ever to ensuring the NDIS delivers on its promise for people with disability, not just for today but for generations to come.

We look forward to working together with all Australians into the future to deliver a successful NDIS.