State of the Disability Sector Report 2015
- Get the latest data from the NDS Business Confidence Survey which examines the sector’s ability to adjust to the changing environment
- Find out the key issues facing providers in NDIS trial sites
- Read about how providers are responding to workforce challenges including growing casualisation and changing recruitment methods
- Find out the challenges facing the support employment sector
The journey to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is gathering pace. 20,000 participants in seven states and territories now have an approved NDIS plan; a new site is commencing in northern Queensland; and bilateral agreements now outline how the NDIS will roll out across NSW and Victoria.
For disability service providers, the journey to the NDIS is arduous and uncertain. Providers don’t lack the will to proceed, but they do lack resources and a clear map of the terrain ahead. This year’s release of strategies which outline the NDIS market architecture, the approach to purchasing assistive technology, the Information Linkages and Capacity-Building framework and rural and remote support provide some guidance. However, these strategies are high-level and require detailed action plans to give them practical meaning.
Other parts of the NDIS are still unknown, for example, the regulation of quality and safeguarding and some critical features of the design, such as pricing and housing, remain highly problematic
The ultimate test of the NDIS will be how well it improves the lives of Australians with disability. There are early stories from the trial sites which give a glimpse of the beneficial impact the NDIS can have on the lives of participants and their families.
The journey to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is gathering pace. 20,000 participants in seven states and territories now have an approved NDIS plan; a new site is commencing in northern Queensland;Download publication (PDF 5.5MB) Download accessible publication (Word 759.2KB)