NDIS – further report

Following not long after improvements to the NDIS website, the Agency has released its fourth quarter report for the financial year ended 30 June 2015.

The Q4 report indicates that about 17,000 people now have NDIS plans in place, the highest number being in South Australia with 4,660 people. The plans are mostly solely agency managed (62%). There are 33% which use a combination of agency management and self-management, and 6% are solely self-managed

About 7% of persons seeking access were held to be ineligible, with a small number (about 300) seeking internal review of that decision.

The majority of the participants appear to fall under the classifications of intellectual disability and autism. The Q4 report reads, on page 18:

‘Autism and related disorders’ is the most common primary disability across all trial sites (31% of participants nationally), noting that the age-specific trial sites are included in this figure. In South Australia, 49% of participants have Autism and related disorders listed as their primary disability due to the very young cohort of participants (0-6 year olds). In Tasmania, intellectual disability (including Down syndrome and other intellectual/learning disability) is the most prevalent primary disability at 49%, due to the young adult cohort (15-26 years). In New South Wales and Victoria, the two sites established in 2013-14 and inclusive of all ages, intellectual disability and Autism and related disorders are the most prevalent primary disabilities (30% and 22% respectively across the two sites).

Overall, the average annualised package cost across all trial sites is approximately $38,400 including the Stockton, Colanda and Kanangra large residences, and $33,600 excluding the Stockton, Colanda and Kanangra large residences.8 This is higher in the Tasmanian trial site at approximately $56,900, and is lowest in South Australia at $18,200. (Page 23)

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