On 1 July 2014, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) was launched in the ACT, giving people with a disability more choice and control and a lifetime approach to meeting their support needs. Around 5,000 people will be eligible to enter the scheme over two years.
The ACT will be the first jurisdiction to have all eligible people in the NDIS. Already, all children from birth to four years, post school leavers and high school students have a funded support plan. Primary school children will enter the scheme between April and September this year. Adults are phasing from oldest to youngest, with those aged 59 to 64 years already in the scheme.
- At December 2014, from a target of 472 participants, 434 people had approved National Disability Insurance Agency plans (92%).
In preparation for the transition to the NDIS, the Commonwealth and ACT Governments are investing $12.5 million allocated from the National Sector Development Fund to support community sector development focusing on the capability needs of community organisations.
Inclusion for people with disability
People with disability make a valuable contribution to Canberra. To reach their full potential, people with disability need welcoming and supportive communities, an accessible environment and opportunities to participate socially and economically.
The ACT Government is currently consulting on a proposed ACT Disability Inclusion Statement. The Statement will guide government, together with business and community, to consider the needs and rights of people with disability. The Statement will reflect the Government's commitment to implement the National Disability Strategy 2010-2020, which is underpinned by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
- 45.3% the potential population of people with disability have access to the community support services - the highest in the nation and compared with an overall average of 25.3%.
- 59.4% of people with disability were in employment compared to 47.7% nationally.
- In 2012 the proportion of people with disability aged 15-64 years who participated in the labour force was 83.5% in the ACT, compared to the national average of 78.2%.
- In 2012 the proportion of primary carers aged 15-64 years who participated in the labour force was 67.8% in the ACT, compared to the national average of 52.8%. %. This is an improvement from the 2009 result of 63.7% for the ACT.