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Statement From The NDIS

There is no directive to reduce funding to NDIS participant plans. NDIS participant plans can go up or down depending on an individual’s disability-related needs - that is how the Scheme was designed.

  • The NDIA is continuing to make decisions in accordance with the NDIS Act about funding for reasonable and necessary supports. This is resulting in more planning-related AAT cases seeking to test and clarify the concept of ‘reasonable and necessary’. The number of cases before the AAT matters is generally reflective of the increase in the number of NDIS participants and associated decisions. The number of AAT cases in the March 2022 quarter equated to 1.24 per cent of active participants. The latest quarterly report shows in this financial year (from 1 July 2021 to 31 March 2022), taking account of total plan inflation, plans were more likely to increase rather than decrease. Specifically:
  • 39% of plans increased at review by more than 5%
  • 26% decreased by more than 5%
  • 35% remained within 5%. Average payments per participant have also increased by 10.8 per cent per annum over the last three years. There was no reduction in the average plan budgets of participants who were in the Scheme at 31 March 2021 and at 31 March 2022. The average plan budget for those who have been in the Scheme for at least a year increased from $70,200 to $74,000 – an increase of 5.4 per cent. The NDIA fully respects a participant’s right to request a review of any decisions made and their right to an external merits review via the AAT. The NDIA continues to work to improve the NDIS for participants, as well as their families and carers, to ensure a better Scheme experience.