Disability support services: services provided under the National Disability Agreement 2018–19

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Disability Australia

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is expected to largely replace the disability services currently provided by states and territories to people with disability under the National Disability Agreement (NDA). This bulletin details the state, territory and Australian Government services used by people receiving support under the NDA in 2018–19—the last year for which data were collected under the Disability Services National Minimum Data Set (DS NMDS).

The Australian Capital Territory transitioned to the NDIS in 2016–17, and New South Wales in 2017–18. South Australia did not collect DS NMDS data in 2018–19 as most clients had transitioned to the NDIS. In 2018–19, only Australian Government NDA employment services data are reported for these three jurisdictions.


  • About 230,000 people used NDA services
  • About 29,200 service users transitioned to the NDIS
  • Open employment services increase
  • The average age of service users was 39
  • The proportion of service users with an intellectual/learning disability continues to fall
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