In Case You Missed It: COAG Disability Reform Council Quarterly Report
Each quarter the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) submits a report to the Council of Australian Governments (COAG), outlining operational statistics and information regarding funding expenditure, participant characteristics and the delivery of supports in each NDIS jurisdiction. The report is a great way to keep up-to-date with how the scheme is tracking nationally and in your local region.
The most recent report was released in November 2018 and presents a summary of NDIS performance and operations between 1 July and 30 September 2018. The report notes that despite financial pressures, including a higher than expected number of children entering the scheme, a lower than expected number of participants transitioning out of the scheme to receive mainstream supports and the increase of plan budgets, the scheme remains within budget for this year-to-date.
The report notes that 92% of the operational planning target was achieved, 71% of the bilateral estimate and 76% for the entirety of the scheme. For the quarter, Victoria achieved 110% of its bilateral planning estimate, reflecting its commitment to identifying and bringing forward participant records. The cumulative bilateral performance for Victoria now stands at 87%, which is the highest of all the states and territories, other than the ACT.
The scheme is now supporting 208,793 participants, 34.9% are accessing supports for the first time and 68% reside in Victoria and Queensland. This high number is consistent with the significant rollout occurring in those states this year. Encouragingly, participant satisfaction has risen to 93% from 88% in the previous quarter and may be attributed to the extensive work being done to rollout the new and improved participant pathway and release of the recent complex support needs pathway. Other scheme improvement initiatives include a new psychological stream, developed in partnership with Mental Health Australia, and a new hearing approach developed in partnership with major hearing groups.
The number of registered providers has increased by 7% to 17,925, this compares to a growth rate of 17% in previous quarters with the highest level of growth in active providers including:
- Specialist Disability Accommodation from 75 to 97 (29% increase)
- Innovative Community Participation from 214 to 268 (25% increase)
- Community Nursing Care for high needs from 252 to 308 (22% increase)
- Household tasks from 1,770 to 2,129 (20% increase)
- Assistive products for household tasks from 141 to 169 (20% increase)
The scheme continues to develop and deliver positive results nationally. The report is a must read for all providers operating in the new NDIS environment. It presents an informative snapshot of the sector, its successes and challenges. For further details, we recommend reading the full document on the NDIS website.
Links to the full report and specific Victorian information: