The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides Australians under the age of 65 who have a permanent and significant disability with the supports they need to live more independently and to increase their social and economic participation.
Born out of a need for reform to the disability services nationally as agreed to in 2011 by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG), after trials in four states from July 2013, the NDIS was rolled out across Australia three years later in 2016.
The NDIS now provides support to more than 4500 people in the Murrumbidgee region, empowering locals to achieve their goals and increase their independence.
Across NSW the NDIS is supporting more than 113,000 people, including more than 48,000 people who are receiving support for the first time.
According to the latest NDIS quarterly report data, the scheme is making a real difference to children living with disability in NSW, with 93 per cent of family and carers of participants aged between zero to before school age saying the NDIS has improved their child's development.
The Murrumbidgee region includes the local government areas of Albury, Berrigan, Bland, Carrathool, Coolamon, Edward River, Federation, Greater Hume Shire, Griffith, Gundagai, Hay, Hilltops, Junee, Leeton, Lockhart, Murray River, Murrumbidgee, Narrandera, Snowy Valleys, Temora and Wagga Wagga.