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In 2013–14, an estimated 321,531 people used disability
support services under the National Disability Agreement—a 9% increase since 2009–10,
and a 3% increase since 2012–13, according to a report released today by the
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
The report, Disability support services: services provided under the National Disability Agreement
2013–14, shows that about three-quarters of service users receiving
services under the National Disability Agreement (NDA) in 2013–14 were younger
than 50, with an average age of 34.
‘More males than females receive services (59% compared to
41%), and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders comprised 6% of recipients
compared with their 3% representation in the general population,’ said AIHW
spokesperson Justine Boland.
More than one-half (55%) of service users had an
intellectual or learning disability (44% as their primary disability).
‘The most commonly-used services were community support
services (44%) which help people with disability to live in non-institutional
settings,’ said Ms Boland.
Community support services include therapy support, early
childhood intervention, behavioural or specialist interventions, and counselling.
Employment services were used by 41% of service users,
followed by community access services (18%), accommodation support services
(14%) and respite services (12%).
Around 84% of service type outlets for people with
disability were non-government organisations, with most (71%) being tax exempt
(for example as charitable or religious organisations).
Many services provided by the NDA will be gradually
replaced by the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in the next few
years. During 2013–14, an estimated 4,200 NDA service users transitioned to the
During the transition to the NDIS, NDA services data will
continue to form an essential component of the national picture on the use of
disability services in Australia. They also provide important contextual
information for the implementation and operation of the NDIS.
The AIHW is a major national agency set up by the Australian Government to provide reliable, regular and relevant
information and statistics on Australia’s health and welfare.
Canberra, 17 June 2015
Further information: Ms Justine Boland, AIHW, tel. 02 6249 5124; mob. 0412 957 936
Full publication: Disability support services: services provided under the National Disability Agreement 2013–14