Independent News For The Australian Public Service
Edition Number 408. Updated Tuesday, 06 May 2014

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Growing NDIS on budget

The Third Quarterly Monitoring Report on the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has found participation in the Scheme to have almost doubled since December and costs remaining well on track.

The report, which covered the three months to March 31, also showed that average package costs had fallen in the quarter, following improvements in January which provided more guidance about reasonable and necessary levels of support.

Chairman of the National Disability Insurance Agency, Bruce Bonyhady said levels of satisfaction among participants in the NDIS remained very high according to survey data in the report.

Mr Bonyhady said the Scheme was on budget and was growing steadily.

Report shows costs falling

"This report shows we are using the experiences gained in the trial sites to build a better NDIS, with better outcomes for Australians with disability and their families," he said.

Mr Bonyhady said key findings in the report from the four trial sites in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania included: 6,434 participants had been found eligible for the NDIS, with 5,414 having an approved plan by the end of March; the average package cost was now $34,000, down from $40,500 at the end of December; and about $107 million of support would flow to participants in 2013-14.

"There will obviously be quite a bit of variability in the data from quarter to quarter as different groups are phased into the NDIS, but these results show it's steady as she goes in the NDIS trial sites, although of course we've still got lots more work to do," he said.

Mr Bonyhady said in the months ahead the NDIS would undergo further improvements to improve the experience and flexibility of participants, as well as the value for money for all Australian taxpayers.

The report can accessed at this PS News link.

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