An estimated 321,531 people used disability support services under the National Disability Agreement (NDA) in 2013-14 — 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 NDA is an agreement between all states and territories and the Federal Government that outlines the roles and responsibilities for each level of government.
It aims is to make sure “people with disability and their carers have an enhanced quality of life and participate as valued members of the community”.
Eventually most of the services under the NDA will be replaced by the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
The report, Disability support services: services provided under the National Disability Agreement 2013–14, is a snap-shot of who is use services under the NDA and how.
It shows that:
- About three-quarters of service users receiving services under the NDA in 2013–14 were younger than 50, with an average age of 34.
- More males (59%) used the NDA than females (41%).
- More than half the users (55%) had an intellectual or learning disability.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders comprised 6% of recipients compared to their 3% representation in the population.
- The most commonly used services (44%) were community support services helping people with disability to live in non-institutional settings.
Read the AIHW’s media release on the report: Over 321,000 people use disability support services
Download and read the full report: Disability support services: services provided under the National Disability Agreement 2013–14