Frequently asked questions

Things you need to know about NDIS funding and Specialist Disability Accommodation:

What are the projections for SDA demand?

projects that SDA demand will increase from about 22,900 participants in June 2022 to about 36,700 in June 2042, at an average growth rate of 2.4% per annum. 

What are the projections for NDIS?

Projected NDIS expenditure

Total expenditure from the Commonwealth and the states and territories on the NDIS is estimated at $36.7 billion in 2022-23 and is expected to be $41.9 billion in 2023-24, a growth rate of 14.4%.

Is there a shortage of NDIS accommodation?


This shortage is particularly acute in regional and remote areas, where access to NDIS accommodation is limited or non-existent. As of August 2021, there were around 12,700 people receiving SDA funding through the NDIS. However, there are only around 2,000 SDA-certified homes available across Australia.

 What is the most common disability in NDIS?


Autism is the most common primary disability type of NDIS participants. There are 3.2 times the number of male participants with autism compared with females, which is the highest ratio across all disability groupings. Intellectual disability is the second most common primary disability type.

How many people get rejected from NDIS?

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) estimates that 89% of people with disability will not be eligible for the NDIS. There are two main reasons
people under 65 will be rejected from the Scheme: either their disability is deemed not permanent or not significant. 8 Oct 2018

 Why is the NDIS so hard to get?

Why it’s hard to get into the NDIS. To gain access to the NDIS, people need to gather and submit evidence to prove that their mental illness results in a disability. Sometimes a mental illness does not have a long-term effect on the person’s ability to study, work or look
after themselves.

What is a disadvantage of NDIS?

But we see many cases of people who need multiple services, with no one available to provide them or problems with coordination between different
services. This means that the NDIS doesn’t work for people with more complex needs, putting them at risk of significant harm. 

What is the oldest age to join NDIS?

If you are aged between 9 and 65, a local area coordinator can help you to understand the NDIS, apply and connect with other government and community supports.

Does NDIS affect Centrelink?

Centrelink does not include NDIS
funding in their income or asset tests, which means that accessing NDIS funding will not impact your Centrelink payments. 

What happens to unused NDIS funding?

Like private health insurance benefits, if you haven’t used all of your NDIS funds by the time your plan ends, it will not roll over to your next plan. Instead, the unspent funds will be returned to the NDIA. An NDIS plan period will typically last from 1 to 3 years
depending on your age and support needs.

 Is the NDIS worth it?

71% of participants aged 25 and over reported that the NDIS has helped them have more choice and control over their lives rising to almost 80% after 4 years in the NDIS. 74% of participants aged 25 and over reported the NDIS had helped them with daily living activities rising to 85.5% after 4 years in the Scheme.

What is considered low cost at NDIS?

AT items purchased with your NDIS funds must be related to your disability, connected to your disability support needs and good value for money. There are three categories of NDIS assistive technology: Low cost assistive technology: under $1500 per item. Mid cost assistive technology: between $1500 and $5000 per item. 

What will the NDIS budget be in 2030?

Spending on the National Disability Insurance Scheme is expected to blow out to $64 billion a year in 2030, even higher than previously estimated, according to an external actuarial review commissioned by disability ministers. 27 Apr 2022

Who is the biggest NDIS provider?

Major NDIS providers

21% of NDIS payments go to the top ten providers in Australia. The largest providers by NDIS payments, as at June 2022, were: Life Without Barriers. House with No Steps/Aruma Services/Aruma Foundation/Aruma Services Victoria.

Will NDIS pay for my holiday?

While the NDIS can’t fund your holiday itself and there’s no funding category for travel and leisure, you may be able to claim some of the costs to support you on your holiday. Jump to section: Bringing a support worker on your trip.

 What is the average NDIS funding per person?

On average, each participant in 2020-21 received supports worth $54,300. This amount has increased, on average, by 11.8% per annum over the last four years (2017-18 to 2020-21). Average expenditure on participants in Supported Independent Living was in 2020-21 was $320,800.

 What can I use my core NDIS funding for?

Core supports budget
• Consumables (e.g. purchasing everyday use items such as continence aids)
• Daily Activities (e.g. assistance with self-care activities during the day or evening)
• Assistance with Social and Community Participation (e.g. supports to enable you to engage in social or recreational activities)



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