The NDIA Annual Report for 2014 – 2015 was released on 22 October 2015 and is available online.

The “year 2 summary‘ page is copied below.

Headline figures

Number of participants

As at 30 June 2015, 19 817 people have become participants in the Scheme (107 per cent of the bilateral target) and 17 303 of these participants have an approved plan (94 per cent of the bilateral target).

Committed support

In 2014–15, $479.9 million of support was provided to participants. Since the beginning of the trial on 1 July 2013, the NDIS has committed $952.8 million of support to participants with approved plans.

Full scheme costs are expected to be within the funding envelope.

Average package costs

Average package cost as at 30 June 2015 was $38 423 (including the large residences1) and $33 597 (excluding the large residences)—in line with the $36 750 average included in the 2014–15 bilateral agreements.

Providers of support

An additional 607 providers of support (‘providers’) registered with the NDIS during 2014–15. There were 1957 NDIS registered providers across seven trial sites at 30 June 2015.

Satisfaction with the planning process

Satisfaction levels among participants in the trial sites remain very high—95 per cent of surveyed participants found the planning process either ‘good’, or ‘very good’.

NDIS sites

Three new trial sites—the Australian Capital Territory, the Barkly region (Northern Territory) and Perth Hills (Western Australia)—commenced on 1 July 2014. This brought the total number of trial sites operating throughout 2014–15 to seven. The original four sites opened on 1 July 2013—the Hunter (New South Wales), Barwon (Victoria), South Australia (for children aged 0–6) and Tasmania (for young people aged 15–25).

The full scheme commenced for people aged 0–17 in the Nepean Blue Mountains region of New South Wales from 1 July 2015.

Agency staff

As at 30 June 2015, 16.16 per cent of the Agency’s workforce identified as having a disability. This percentage is substantially higher than the Australian Public Service (APS) average of 3.1 per cent. Around 50 per cent of staff identify as having significant experience with disability.

Working towards full scheme

The Agency has adopted an approach of ‘Listen, Learn, Build, Deliver’ as it works towards the implementation of full scheme from 1 July 2016. Progress has been made in building an insurance-based NDIS that puts people with disability, their families and carers at the heart of everything it does. Notable developments include:

  • piloting an outcomes framework to measure participant outcomes over time
  • implementation planning for the new information, linkages and capacity building policy
  • further work towards developing the technology platform that will underpin scheme innovations such as the participant and provider portals, a more accessible and innovative website and an eMarket for participants, families and carers and providers
  • continuing involvement of people with disability in co-design of the Scheme
  • participants having access to a broader range of AT including innovations such as the NeuroSwitch.

Contributing to economic reform and a better society

By enabling people with disability, families and carers to re-engage with the economy and the community and by building a competitive market for disability services, the NDIS is making a significant contribution to economic reform.

The task ahead, which is to increase participant numbers from 19 817 to over 460 000 and staff from around 850 to several thousand between now and 2020, is substantial. But the Agency is putting in place the right values, culture and structures to deliver a scheme in which the Australian community will have ownership, confidence and pride.

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