The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has published its third annual report, covering the 2015-16 year. The report marks the end of the trial phase of the NDIS, with the full rollout of the Scheme commencing 1 July 2016.
The Scheme had some 35,000 participants across Australia as at 30 June 2016, of whom about 30,000 had an approved plan. The average annual participant package cost is about $39,000, including the cost of large residential centres.
Participants with autism and related disorders represent the highest proportion of approved plans overall, at 31 per cent. The second highest participant group is those with intellectual disability (including Down syndrome) at 23 per cent.
The anticipated target of 460,000 scheme participants is expected to be met by 2019.