July 2021 marks eight years of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
This world-first insurance Scheme has changed the lives of more than 450,000 Australians with disability.
Eight years on there are now 3,711 NDIS participants in Barker benefiting from the Scheme.
The NDIS was born from a grassroots campaign, backed by thousands of Australians. Introducing a national approach to disability support, so that people could be more independent and participate fully in their chosen communities.
The disability sector has grown from $8 billion per year across the sector in 2015-16 to $23 billion in 2020-21 on the NDIS alone.
The NDIS is providing support to more than 260,000 Australians who’d never previously received supports prior to the NDIS.
Member for Barker Tony Pasin said with 3,711 participants in Barker now receiving support, the eighth anniversary marked significant progress for the local community.
“I’ve seen and heard how the NDIS is changing lives – for participants and for their families”, Mr Pasin said.
“As the scheme reaches maturity, our focus is on ensuring its sustainability and that it continues to deliver the high-quality services that Australians with a disability and their families rely on.”
“The NDIS is the result of a collective goal and hard work from so many people it’s fantastic to see the difference it’s made to the lives of Australians with disability, especially here in Barker.” Mr Pasin said.
Now, as we enter the Scheme’s ninth year, the Morrison Government is working on reforms to deliver improvements. For a better, fairer, simpler and more flexible NDIS that’s affordable and will be in place for years to come.
Key highlights of the NDIS to 31 March 2021: