Support provided under the National Disability Agreement

In 2017–18, around 280,000 people used National Disability Agreement (NDA) specialist disability support services, at a cost of $6.4 billion (AIHW 2019). This is 6.5% of the estimated 4.3 million people with disability in Australia (ABS 2016; AIHW 2019).

The number of NDA service users has decreased in recent years as eligible service users progressively move to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)—down from 331,000 in 2016–17 and 331,800 in 2015–16.

Of NDA service users:

  • the average age was 37
  • 18% were aged 18 and under
  • 3 in 5 (58%) were male
  • 5.9% were Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • the most common disability groups were:
    • psychiatric (25% as a primary disability and 36% including primary and other significant disability)
    • intellectual (22% and 24%)
    • physical (21% and 35%)
    • more than half (54% or 150,000) used services largely expected to move to the NDIS (AIHW 2019).

The most commonly used NDA services in 2017–18 were:

  • open employment services (49%), which help people gain and/or retain employment in the open labour market
  • community support (38%), which help people with disability live in a non-institutional setting (AIHW 2019) (Table 1).

Table 1: NDA agencies, service type outlets and service users by service group, 2017–18

Service group

Agencies(a)

Service type outlets(b)

Service users

Accommodation support

787

5,680

28,311

Community support

636

2,385

105,164

Community access

805

2,603

35,626

Respite

650

1,623

26,454

Open employment

149

1,410

136,093

Supported employment

265

267

14,810

Advocacy, information, alternative forms of communication

148

220

. .

Other support

128

146

. .

Total

2,002

14,334

280,274

. . Not applicable.

(a) An agency is usually a legal entity funded under the NDA to provide 1 or more types of services at 1 or more locations. Agencies may provide more than 1 type of service, so components will not add to the total.

(b) A service type outlet is managed by an agency and delivers a specific NDA service type at or from a discrete location.

Source: DS NMDS 2017–18.

References

ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics) 2016. Disability, ageing and carers, Australia: summary of findings, 2015. ABS cat. no. 4430.0. Canberra: ABS. http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/[email protected]/mf/4430.0

AIHW (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare) 2019. Disability support services: services provided under the National Disability Agreement 2017–18. Bulletin no. 147. Cat. No. DIS 73. Canberra: AIHW. https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/disability/disability-support-services-2017-18/contents/table-of-contents