Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said Territorians with disability would benefit from the Coalition Government’s 2018 Budget.
According to the latest figures, about 700 people with disability in the Northern Territory have accessed the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
“The Coalition Government guaranteed funding for the NDIS in this year’s Budget,” Senator Scullion said.
The Budget also provided:
- $92.6 million to ensure Australians who were users of Commonwealth services but not eligible for the NDIS would continue to receive support.
- $64 million for a Jobs and Market Fund that would promote NDIS job opportunities and improve local business access to the NDIS
“The Government continues to deliver the rollout of the NDIS that is placing people at the centre of the system, and giving them choice and control over the services they receive,” Senator Scullion said.
More Territorians with disability and their families will benefit from the NDIS as from 1 July 2018, the NDIS will become available in the Darwin Urban area and Central Australia (Alice Springs, Central Desert and MacDonnell council areas). Once fully implemented in 2020, around 6,500 participants in the Northern Territory will benefit from the certainty and flexibility of support it provides.
“The NDIS is strengthening our economy and guaranteeing essential services by creating tens of thousands of new jobs and boosting opportunities for businesses across the country.
“The total NDIS workforce is expected to double to more than 160,000 jobs by 2020, which means there will be employment and business opportunities to support people with disability in the Territory.”
About 460,000 people with disability nationwide will benefit from the NDIS when it is fully operational.