Canberrans with disability

Canberrans with disability

The ACT Government is working towards full inclusion and participation of people with disability. Under our agreement with the Commonwealth Government for the joint funding of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), we have committed to improve outcomes for people with disability to increase social and economic participation.

Over 6,800 Canberrans are now accessing support through the NDIS. Our investment of $716 million over four years enables NDIS participants to access the supports and services they need.

Our $1.8 million Integrated Service Response Program has helped people at risk of falling through the gaps and has increased support for independent individual advocacy.

The ACT Government will continue to invest in this program over the next year, to provide short-term coordination and emergency supports for people with complex needs as the NDIS continues to mature and develop.

Continuing mainstream supports

We will continue to grow our investment in support for Canberrans with disability with the full scheme arrangements for the National Disability Insurance Scheme in place from 1 July 2019. Our shared investment with the Commonwealth Government is projected to see about 500 additional participants join the scheme over the next four years.

At the same time as we are growing our contribution to the NDIS, we will maintain existing disability services that are not eligible to be considered as in-kind contributions to the scheme from 2019. This will ensure these services remain free and accessible for Canberrans with disability who are not currently receiving an individual support package through the NDIS. These services include the Children and Young People’s Equipment Loan Scheme, the Child Development Service, the ACT Taxi Subsidy Scheme, the Integrated Service Response Program and Rehabilitation, Aged and Community Care supports.

Disability inclusion grants

Our annual Disability Inclusion Grants provide an opportunity for community groups and small businesses to become more accessible and welcoming to people with disability. After doubling funding to $100,000 per year in 2018-19, the second round of grants supported 15 organisations with projects that aim to reduce barriers to arts and sports, legal, medical and community services and recreational activities for people with disability.

Other initiatives with ongoing support include: