Disability support services: services provided under the National Disability Agreement 2015–16

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released: 5 Jun 2017 author: AIHW

In 2015–16, an estimated 332,000 people used disability support services under the National Disability Agreement (NDA), including around 3,500 who transitioned to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) during the year. The average age of service users was 35, and around three-quarters (72%) were aged under 50. Forty-three per cent of service users had an intellectual or learning disability, 42% had a physical or diverse disability, 29% had a psychiatric disability, and 18% had a speech or sensory difficulty. Almost one-third (30%) of service users aged 15 and over were not in the labour force. Of those in the labour force, two-thirds (67%) were unemployed. Two-thirds of service users had an informal carer, most often their mother (73%). Around one in eight (12%) service users had an informal carer who was aged 65 and over.

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  • Disability support services: services provided under the National Disability Agreement 2015–16
    • Contents
    • Summary
    • 1 The disability services environment
      • 1.1 The National Disability Strategy
      • 1.2 The National Disability Agreement
      • 1.3 The National Disability Insurance Scheme
      • 1.4 Transition of NDA service users to the NDIS
    • 2 Services provided under the NDA
      • 2.1 Who provides services?
      • 2.2 What services are provided?
      • 2.3 How much was spent?
    • 3 Characteristics of service users
      • 3.1 Age and sex
      • 3.2 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
      • 3.3 Country of birth
      • 3.4 Disability group
      • 3.5 Functional need
      • 3.6 Living arrangement
      • 3.7 Employment and income
    • 4 Informal care
    • 5 Service users who transitioned to the NDIS
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols
    • References
    • Related publications

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AIHW 2017. Disability support services: services provided under the National Disability Agreement 2015–16. AIHW bulletin no. 140. Cat. no. AUS 212. Canberra: AIHW.



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