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Key facts:

Performance reporting currently focuses on assistance provided by governments through specialist disability services under the National Disability Agreement (NDA) as well as the broad social and economic outcomes of people with disability. Performance information on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will be developed for future reports.

In 2017–18, total government expenditure on specialist disability services provided under the NDA was $6.4 billion — a real decrease of 17.8 per cent from 2016–17. There was $7.7 billion support committed to the NDIS for 2017–18. As the NDIS is progressively implemented to replace services under the NDA, funding for the NDIS will increase.

Nationally in 2016–17 (2017–18 data were not available for this Report), the number of people with disability using NDA specialist disability services as a proportion of the estimated potential population was:

  • Community support, 20.7 per cent (127,751 users)
  • Respite, 13.5 per cent (35,534 users)
  • Open employment, 9.3 per cent of people who had an employment restriction (128,950 users)
  • Community access, 7.8 per cent (48,218 users)
  • Supported employment, 6.0 per cent (18,354 users)
  • Accommodation support, 5.3 per cent (33,083 users).

In 2016–17, 28,534 people who used disability support services under the NDA were identified as transitioning to the NDIS. As at 30 June 2017, there were 52,348 NDIS participants who were existing State/Territory service users (that is, had transferred at some time from NDA services).

The Australian, State and Territory governments aim to ensure that people with disability and their carers have an enhanced quality of life, enjoy choice and wellbeing, achieve independence, social and economic participation, and full inclusion in the community.

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Report on Government Services 2019
Chapter or part:
Part F (Community services)