NDIS_logo (2) The latest quarterly figures includes an update on new trial sites as more people receive NDIS packages. Key points from the report as at September 2014 were:

  • 8800 people with disability had an approved NDIS plan, representing 77 per cent of bilateral targets.
  • Average package costs (excluding Stockton Centre residents) is up slightly to $35,207 but still below the expected full scheme average of $36,750.
  • The average length of time from application to commencing of services remains steady at 95 days.

The latest figures include new trial sites in the Australian Capital Territory, the Barkly region of the Northern Territory and the Perth Hills in WA.

For more information visit: http://www.ndis.gov.au/documents/754

In other disability news, Labor and the Greens have joined forces in the Senate to block the establishment of a Payment Scheme for people with disability working in Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs).  The Federal Government introduced the Business Services Wage Assessment Tool (BSWAT)Payment Scheme Bill into the Senate in June.  The Government claims the Payment Scheme would provide fast and efficient payment to eligible workers with disability.

Because it was voluntary, choice and control rested with the eligible applicant. No person would be required to take payment from the scheme which would be in place for a limited period, allowing prompt closure for all parties. Labor has blocked the Bill because it believes it would deny vulnerable people the right to pursue compensation against the Government in the courts.