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 2016–17, total government expenditure on specialist disability services provided under the NDA was $7.8 billion – a real decrease of 9.7 per cent from 2015–16. There was $3.2 billion support committed to the NDIS for 2016–17. As the NDIS is progressively implemented to replace services under the NDA, funding for the NDIS will increase.

Nationally in 2015–16 (2016–17 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, 22.0 per cent (131,850 users)
  • Respite, 13.9 per cent (34,948 users)
  • Open employment, 8.8 per cent of people who had an employment restriction (124,786 users)
  • Community access, 7.7 per cent (46,099 users)
  • Supported employment, 6.4 per cent (19,226 users)
  • Accommodation support, 5.5 per cent (32,750 users).

In 2015–16, 3,519 people who used disability support services under the NDA were identified as transitioning to the NDIS. As at 30 June 2016, there were 15,041 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.

Publication Details
License type:
Access Rights Type:
Report on Government Services 2018
Chapter or part:
Part F (Community services)