The National Disability Insurance Scheme is improving the lives of thousands of Australians with disability, their families and carers as the Scheme celebrated its fifth birthday on July 1.
Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen MP said the NDIS started with four trial sites launched in 2013 and now supported 160,000 people with disability, including 45,000 people who were receiving support for the very first time.
With the rollout beginning across the Logan region, Mr van Manen said the NDIS’s fifth birthday was an important milestone.
“The NDIS is transforming the lives of people with disability across the country, including in Forde,” Mr van Manen said.
“The NDIS will provide much welcome relief for all people with disability in my electorate of Forde who will be able to better access the support and services they need to lead fulfilling lives.
“The NDIS is one of the largest social policy reforms in Australia’s history and is already empowering more than 15,000 Queenslanders with disability.”
Mr van Manen said supporting every Australian to live their best life was a noble ambition, made working together to implement the NDIS that much more important.
“The NDIS is also delivering huge economic benefits, by creating new markets and new business and employment opportunities,” Mr van Manen said.
“In this year’s Budget, the Government provided $64.3 million to establish the Jobs and Market Fund to support the growth of disability service providers and the disability care workforce to meet the needs of the NDIS.”
Around 14,271 service providers have registered with the NDIS to take advantage of the business opportunities it is creating.
For more information on the NDIS, visit www.ndis.gov.au