Major milestone as NDIS marks 200,000 Australians receiving support

Monday, 22 October 2018
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has reached a major milestone, welcoming its 200,000th Australian receiving support through the Scheme. 
The NDIS is fully operational in New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory and South Australia with ongoing roll-out in remaining States and Territories, including the first regions of Western Australia joining the Scheme on 1 July 2018 and the Southern Melbourne Region joining on 1 September 2018. 
Minister for Families and Social Services, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said the roll-out of the NDIS was having a positive impact on Australians with disability, their families and carers, as well as bringing jobs and economic growth. 
“Since launching in 2013 at four trial sites, the NDIS has grown to supporting more than 200,000 Australians, including around 60,000 people who are now receiving support for the very first time,” Mr Fletcher said. 
“The NDIS is one of the most important social reforms in Australian history, not only delivering for those with disabilities, but driving new important economic benefits by creating new markets and new business and employment opportunities. 
“Together, we are building and delivering the NDIS for an estimated 460,000 Australians by 2020.” 
Mr Fletcher said the NDIS is transforming the lives of people with disability across the country. 
Liberal  Senator for Western Sydney, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, said 2,642 people with a disability in Lindsay are receiving support through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) according to the latest COAG NDIS Quarterly Report for 1 April 2018 to 30 June 2018.  
Senator Payne said empowering Australians with disability to live their best life and achieve their goals is why implementing the NDIS is so important. 
 “Behind all the numbers there is of course a real human element to the NDIS, and it is so important that people with a disability, their families and carers, are receiving the support they need,” Senator Payne said. 
“Locally, our community has shown strong support for the NDIS program. 
“Penrith is home to the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission, which I was pleased to officially open in June this year, and most recently our community once again held the Nepean Disability Expo, which was a great success. 
“The NDIS is a world-first, once in a generation reform, the biggest since the introduction of Medicare in the 1970s. I look forward to continuing to work alongside participants, families and our Penrith community to support the Scheme into the future.” 



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