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Youth Employment Participation Surges Amongst Young NDIS Participants

In recent data released by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), it is evident that the NDIS continues to make a profoundly positive impact on the lives of its participants, as well as their families and caregivers. The latest Quarterly Report reveals substantial strides in community inclusion and participation within the NDIS community.

The NDIS currently provides support to over 630,000 participants, including a noteworthy 23,803 who joined in the previous quarter, up until September 30, 2023. The outcomes data from this quarter underscores the beneficial effects brought about by the NDIS scheme:

  • More than three-quarters of participants aged 15 years and older have indicated a higher level of choice, control and influence in their lives, surpassing the target set for 2023-24.
  • A remarkable 42% of participants aged 15 and older reported heightened involvement in community and social activities, marking a 7% relative increase.
  • The rate of participation in the workforce has more than doubled among participants aged 15 to 24, jumping from 10% to an impressive 22%.
  • A significant milestone has been reached as 50% of parents and carers now report paid employment, hitting the 2023-24 target ahead of schedule and achieving an 8% relative increase since the last quarter.

Rebecca Falkingham, CEO of NDIA, has acknowledged the continued progress of the NDIS and the importance of ongoing improvements in collaboration with the disability community. She commented, “This participant data underscores the substantial positive impact the Scheme has on individuals with disabilities daily, enabling them to engage in their communities more comprehensively than ever before, whether it be through education, work, or daily activities.”

Other notable highlights from the recent quarter include:

  • Enhanced hospital discharge timelines and outcomes
  • There has been an increase in the number of First Nations people accessing the Scheme, with 2,378 new participants joining in the last quarter. First Nations peoples now represent 10% of the total number of NDIS participants, a slight increase from 9.9% in the previous quarter.
  • The NDIA has successfully reduced the number of participants awaiting an external review by implementing an alternative resolution process, consequently decreasing the number of new cases reaching the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT).
  • A substantial milestone has been achieved with 90% of the 4,501 legacy cases awaiting AAT hearings by May 2022 now being resolved.

These positive developments highlight the NDIS’s ongoing dedication to enhancing the quality of life and opportunities for its participants, making a significant impact on the disability community.

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References: 

NDIS, 2023, Employment participation doubles for young NDIS participants, viewed 14th November 2023, https://www.ndis.gov.au/news/9705-employment-participation-doubles-young-ndis-participants