Federal funding

Federal Budget 2013–14

The Australian Government will provide $19.3 billion over seven years from 2012-13 to roll out the National Disability Insurance Scheme across the country.

This brings the Australian Government’s total new investment in the National Disability Insurance Scheme to $14.3 billion over the period.

The Australian Government will provide funding of $11.7 billion to the National Disability Insurance Scheme in 2019-20, the first year after the full national rollout. This is 53 per cent of the $22.2 billion total cost of running the National Disability Insurance Scheme, with the States and Territories providing the remaining funding.

A national scheme

The Government is committed to a full national rollout in 2018-19. As a result, 460,000 people with significant and permanent disability will receive the support they need.

Federal Budget 2012–13

The Australian Government committed $1 billion to support the first stage of the National Disability Insurance Agency that administers the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Funding for the Scheme started in July 2013 for around 10,000 people with significant and permanent disabilities in select launch sites across the country. This will increase to around 20,000 people from mid-2014.

The 2012-13 Budget included funding for the establishment of the National Disability Insurance Agency to make sure the scheme is carried out and helps people with disability, their families and carers in the agreed launch locations.

In May 2013, the Government announced an increase in the Medicare Levy by half a percentage point effective from 1 July 2014. This increase will take the Medicare Levy from 1.5 per cent of taxable income to 2 per cent. The increase in the levy will help to make sure there is stable funding for the scheme.

For more information about the 2012 – 13 budget see Delivering a Stronger, Fairer Future.