Providers have supported participants since the start of the program. The quarterly NDIS report shows that there are now more than 550,000 Australians with disabilities receiving life-changing support from the main global program. Australians are accessing the National Insurance Disability Plan. NDIS Minister, Senator Linda Reynolds CSC, said that the Program now provides disability-related support to 502,413 participants across the country.
Previously, around 220,000 people received support from state, territorial and commonwealth plans, and about 280,000 people are now receiving support for the first time. The National Disability Insurance Plan (NDIS) has reached an important milestone, and the most recent data from the NDIS quarterly report shows that more than 530,000 participants now receive individualized funding packages for disability-related support. The acting executive director of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), Dr. Lisa Studdert, said that the most recent data demonstrate the Agency's progress in working with participants, their support networks and the disability sector to overcome challenges and support participants in all aspects of their experience with the NDIS.
Today's report also highlights the continued growth of the Program, with 19,291 new participants joining the NDIS this quarter. The number of Australian participants receiving aid from the NDIS has skyrocketed to almost 200% in the last five years, while the number of providers has just doubled and has barely kept up with demand in some states. As of 30 June, those 466,598 NDIS participants were supported by some 27,700 active NDIS suppliers who employed about 270,000 workers in 20 occupations.