Survey shows NDIS is changing lives

Posted on 03 December 2017

New survey results from the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) show the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is supporting Australians with disability to participate in the community, increase their independence and exercise greater choice and control.

The figures come as Australia marks International Day of People with Disability, (3 December) a day to celebrate the many contributions people with disability make to our community.

NDIA General Manager Communications and Stakeholder Engagement Maryanne Diamond, said the results from the NDIS Outcomes Framework showed the Scheme is empowering Australians with disability and building inclusive communities and workplaces.

The NDIS Outcomes Framework collects information from participants, families and carers on how participants are progressing in different areas of their lives once they enter the Scheme and then when their plan is reviewed.

Of participants aged 25 years and older who entered the Scheme in the first quarter of 2016-17 and had their plan reviewed in the first quarter of 2017-18:

  • 75 per cent indicated that the NDIS had helped them with activities of daily living
  • 71 per cent indicated that the NDIS had helped them with choice and control
  • 63 per cent indicated that the NDIS had helped them with social, community and civic participation.

"These results show the NDIS has helped three quarters of participants surveyed with activities of daily living, with more than half indicating that the NDIS had helped them be more involved in social, community and civic life," Ms Diamond said.

"Importantly, 71 per cent of NDIS participants surveyed also reported the NDIS had helped them have more choice and control over their lives.

"This year, International Day of People with Disability is all about empowering people with disability to be active contributors of society, so it's great to see the NDIS is improving the lives of Australians with disability by increasing choice and control and social and community outcomes," Ms Diamond said.

The NDIS is now benefitting almost 120,000 Australians as the life-changing reform continues to roll out across the country.

These results show solid progress of the roll out of the NDIS and the NDIA acknowledges there is also a need to continually improve. The NDIA has recently announced a new NDIS pathway that will significantly improve the experience people and providers have with the NDIS.

More information about the NDIS Outcomes Framework (PDF) is available.