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National Disability Insurance Scheme participants

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is intended to provide Australians who have ‘permanent and significant disability’ with the ‘reasonable and necessary support’ they need to participate in everyday life.

On 30 June 2019:

  • 16,417 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples were active participants in the NDIS.
  • 45% of Indigenous NDIS service users were children younger than 15 (Figure DB 13a).
  • 64% of Indigenous NDIS service users were male, 35% were female and 1% had no recorded information about gender (Figure DB 13b).

On 30 June 2019, the most prevalent disability among Indigenous NDIS participants was intellectual disability (30%, or 4,891 people), followed by autism (28%, or 4,639 people) (Figure DB 14).