45,000 Australians with disability getting support for the first time under the NDIS

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New figures released today, show more than one quarter of the 160,000 Australians now benefiting from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) are receiving support for the first time.

The latest NDIS Quarterly Report for the period 31 December 17 to 31 March 18 shows 162,223 Australians are now benefitting from the NDIS including 151,970 people with an approved plan and 10,253 children who have been referred through the Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) approach.

Of the 162,223 Australians now benefitting from the NDIS, 44,945 had not received State, Territory or Commonwealth support prior to entering the Scheme.

"These figures show that under the NDIS, more and more Australians with disability are receiving better and more effective support and assistance than ever have before," Mr Robert De Luca, National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) Chief Executive Officer said today.