The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has reached a major milestone with 100,000 Australians with disabilities now having choice and control over life-changing support delivered through the scheme – including people in the Northern Territory.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said the fact the NDIS had now reached 100,000 participants across Australia represented significant progress for the scheme.
“Many Territorians with disabilities, their families and carers are already benefiting from the NDIS and ultimately we expect around 6500 participants to benefit from the scheme in the NT,” Senator Scullion said.
“The NDIS is currently available in the Barkly, East Arnhem and Katherine regions as well as the Darwin Remote area, which consists of Roper Gulf, Tiwi Islands, Victoria-Daly, West Arnhem and West Daly Regional Council areas.
“From 1 July 2018 the NDIS will begin to be available in the Darwin Urban region, consisting of Belyuen, Coomalie, Darwin, Litchfield, Palmerston and Wagait councils. It will also roll-out in Central Australia – Alice Springs, Central Desert and MacDonnell council area from the same date.
“All Australians should be very proud of this landmark scheme that replaces a system where the level of support a person with disability received was determined by their postcode and the vastly different funding provided from all levels of government.
“The NDIS is focused on building capacity and delivering outcomes so more people with a disability can participate in their community and enter the workforce and live the life they choose.”
The NDIS will provide around 460,000 Australians – including 6500 Territorians – under the age of 65 who have a permanent and significant disability with the support they need to live an ordinary life, including personal care and support, access to the community, therapy services and essential equipment.