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National Disability Services and Every Australian Counts have released a paper showing the potential scale of the economic benefits the NDIS will bring to the ACT. View the paper by opening the attachment at the end of this resource

New economic modelling forecasts the impact the NDIS will have on ACT Gross State Product when fully implemented and details the potential for increased labour force participation of people with disability and their carers.

In the ACT the NDIS will:

  • Support between 500 and 800 people with disability to find work
  • Support approximately 660 carers to return to the workforce
  • Create an employment boom with 1,150-1,500 jobs created as a consequence
  • Create additional jobs in the ACT disability service sector
  • Add up to $367M annually to ACT’s Gross State Product

Every Australian Counts Campaign Director, John Della Bosca, said of the report: “It’s less than three weeks until the Federal Budget is delivered so we’re all thinking fiscally and this data shows us what a fiscal success the NDIS will be.”

The report uses ABS data on numbers of people with disability who would like to work but because of various restrictions have been unable to. With the NDIS, this is changed as more support becomes available to more people with disability. The report also uses data of carers who desire to return to the workforce but cannot now because of their caring responsibility. The modelling is based on an ABS survey of over 75,000 people with disability and their carers. At about one 300th of the Australian population, this makes it the largest sample survey conducted by the ABS.

Manager for NDS in the ACT, Stephen Fox, welcomed the data: “The NDIS is well underway in the ACT. It is on track and the NDIS is clearly transforming the lives and participation of people with disability for the better.”

Mr Fox continued: “It’s very pleasing to see that up to $367 million dollars will be added to ACT’s economy annually because of the NDIS. In real terms this means jobs for people with disability, jobs for carers and also more work in the disability sector. We will continue to work with disability service providers in getting them ready for the NDIS so these greater life outcomes can be realised.”

John Della Bosca concluded: “The full scheme roll out of the NDIS begins from July. In the next 12 months many thousands of people will begin their NDIS journey. There’s still a few more years until the NDIS is here for all Australians and we will continue to hold our government to their promises of fully funding and delivering the scheme.”

Steve Fox
Manager NDS ACT

T: 02 -6283 3217

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Resource Information

  • Author: NDS
  • Date: 2016
  • Target Audience: Strategic level (e.g. CEO, Board)
  • Access to Item is free?: Yes
  • Type of Resource: Report, submission or similar