The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides support to eligible Australians with disability to participate in the community, increase their independence and exercise greater choice and control.
The NDIS is now available across the country, with more than 300,000 Australians having benefitted from the scheme. This includes more than 100,000 that have received supports for the very first time.
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As of 30 June 2019, 79,089 Victorians had benefitted from the NDIS, including nearly 18,000 who had never received supports before and more than 33,300 children under the age of 18.
Recently released results from the NDIS Quarterly report also show that participants are experiencing improved experiences and outcomes under the Scheme.
In Victoria, 90 per cent of NDIS participants describe their NDIS planning experience as good or very good, with 97 per cent saying their planning meeting went well and that their planner listened to them.
For parents, 91 per cent with children aged 0 to school age said the NDIS has improved their child's development, with 90 per cent saying it has improve their child's access to specialist services.
As it continues to roll out, the NDIS is expected to provide support to around 500,000 people with disability over the next five years including 105,000 in Victoria.
How to access the NDIS:
The NDIS supports eligible Australians with a disability, under the age of 65 to live independently and achieve their goals.
The NDIS funds a range of supports and services to provide people with opportunity to improve access and participation in education, employment, social participation, independence, living arrangements and health and wellbeing.
The NDIS is available in all areas of Victoria, including to people who are living in the Ballarat region.
Anyone who thinks they or a loved one may be eligible for the NDIS should visit the website, ndis.gov.au or call 1800 800 110 for more information.