More than 120,000 people across the state are benefiting from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), including nearly 54,000 people who are receiving supports for the first time.
Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Gareth Ward said today marks two years since the full rollout of the NDIS in NSW, with the scheme continuing to change lives and unlock opportunities for people, their families and carers.
“NSW was the first state in Australia to fully embrace the NDIS and since then we have seen it empower thousands of participants, giving them genuine choice and control over the services and support they receive,” Mr Ward said.
“The scheme has also created enormous economic benefits for the community services sector, driving employment for skilled carers and new business opportunities.
“We are proud to be partners in a scheme which has helped thousands of people access the supports they need to achieve their goals and reach their full potential.”
Figures from the NDIS show 121,563 people in NSW are benefitting from the scheme as at 31 March 2020, and 53,828 of those are receiving services for the first time.
As well as transforming the lives of people with disability, the NDIS is continuing to create jobs and encourage economic growth in NSW with more than 7,000 registered providers and a disability sector workforce estimated to be more than 50,000.
Initially launched in 2013 at four trial sites, including the Hunter region in NSW, the NDIS is now rolling out across Australia and NSW is leading the way.
Building on its strong record of supporting and protecting people with disability, the NSW Government last year established the Ageing and Disability Commissioner.
The independent Commission, a first of its kind in NSW, has the power to initiate investigations to help prevent the abuse, neglect and exploitation of adults with disability and older people.
For more information about the NDIS, visit www.ndis.gov.au.