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The latest NDIS quarterly report has just been released. 

Why should you read it?

It will give you insights as to what services receive the most NDIS funding and how Participants are managing their plans (which affects who they can engage with).

This one is especially important because it's also a financial year end.

You can find a number of versions of it here (short, long, easy to read):

NDIS QUARTERLY REPORTS

We have selected some interesting numbers for our MYCARESPACE providers below.

Participant Stats

At 30 June 2022, 534,655 participants had an NDIS plan

How their plans are managed

How participants are managing their plans:

  • 30% self-manage all or part of their plan
  • 56% use a plan manager
  • 14% are agency managed

Age of participants

At 30 June 2022, there were 82,863 children younger than 7 with an NDIS plan (a further 4,847 approved and awaiting planning meetings)

The number of NDIS participants as a proportion of the Australian population peaks between the ages of 5-7, with approximately 9% of 5-7 year old males and 4% of 5-7 year old females being NDIS participants.

Number of children in the Scheme aged less than 18 years was 48.0% at 30 June 2022 (43.5% at 30 Jubne 2019)

 

Age and disability

The breakdown of participants by age and disability this last quarter indicates:

  • A high proportion of children aged 0-6 years entering the Scheme (43.6% this quarter and 44.5% in the March 2022 quarter). 
  • A relatively higher proportion of participants with Developmental Delay entered the Scheme again this quarter (29.9% this quarter and 30.1% in the previous quarter).
  • Other disabilities:  Autism (29.1%), Psychosocial disability (10.2%) and Intellectual disability (6.5%)

 

Payments to Participants

Payments are amounts of money paid for supports received by participants. Over the last five years total payments have grown from $2,238 million to $28,661 million.

See average payment per participant

Average payment per participant

 

 

See average plan budget (amount of funding in their plan)

Notice the difference between funding in plan and actual spend

Average plan size 

 

Payments to Providers

Financial Year ended 30 June 2022

$27.6 billion in support has been provided in 2021-22 (actual cash payments made).

The largest support categories were:

  1. Core support for daily activities (support for personal care) - 55% of total payments ($6.9bn of the $15.1billion for payments for participants in SIL)
  2. Core support for social and community participation (support for accessing the community) - 19% of total payments
  3. Capacity building for daily activities (therapies like OT, Speech, Physio, Psych etc) - 13% of total payments

Payments have grown substantially across the support categories, most notably for core social and community participation (doubling over the period). This is consistent with one of the main goals of the Scheme to increase social and community participation.

The percentage breakdown by support category has remained relatively stable, noting that core daily activities has decreased from 58 per cent to 54 per cent while core social and community participation has increased from 14 per cent to 19 per cent.

Total payments

  • Core - daily activities 54.6% ($15.1 billion) - includes $6.9billion for participants in SIL 
  • Core - community 18.5% ($5.1 billion)
  • Core - consumables & transport 4.6% ($1.3 billion)
  • Capacity building - daily activities 12.7% ($3.5 billion)
  • Capacity building - other ($1.8 billion)
  • Capital 3.0%  ($0.8 billion)

 

Total payments in Q4 2021-22 by plan management type ($m) 

Total payments in Q4 2021-22 by plan management type ($m)

 

Total payments in Q4 2021-22 by plan management type (%)

Figure 62: Total payments in Q4 2021-22 by plan management type (%)

 

Plan Managed payments to Registered vs Non Registerd Providers(new)

For the first time the NDIS has provided data about payments to registered and unregistered providers by Plan Managers (who represent 56% of all NDIS participants).

Across all plan managers, in the June 2022 quarter : 

  • 61% payments (not including plan management fees) were paid to registered providers
  • 39% of payments were paid to unregistered providers

The percentages differ by support category:

Of the $167 million in payments for daily activities for participants in SIL:

  • 80% went to registered providers and
  • 20% went to unregistered providers

Of the $1.4 billion in payments for daily activities for participants not in SIL:

  • 52% went to registered providers and
  • 48% went to unregistered providers

Of the $929 million in payments for social and community participation:

  • 65% went to registered providers and
  • 35% went to unregistered providers

Of the $546 million in payments for capacity building daily activities (therapy services):

  • 63% went to registered providers and
  • 37% went to unregistered providers

Supported Independent Living (SIL) 

In the quarter March - June 2022, payments for core daily activities support to participants in SIL were $1.8 billion.

  • Less than 1% were self-managed ($2 million)
  • 9% were managed by a plan manager ($1.67 million)
  • 91% were Agency-managed ($1.7 billion)

Total payments to participants in SIL have increased by 29% annually over the last three years, from $4.1bn to $8.8bn.

The number of SIL participants has also increased from approximately 21,052 at 30 June 2019 to 26,950 at 30 June 2022.

The average payment per participant for SIL supports has also increased has increased by 11 per cent annually over the last three years.

Number of participants and payments for years ending 30 June - participants in SIL

Number of participants and payments for years ending 30 June - participants in SIL

Average plan budgets for participants in SIL have also increased over time, including the component of the plan budget for SIL supports (core support for daily activities).

Specifically, there was a 23 per cent increase in average plan budgets, and 20 per cent increase in the average daily activities component of the plan budgets over the three years to 30 June 2022.

Participants in SIL vs not in SIL

The average payment has increased for participants in SIL by 11.9%, and the average payment has increased for participants not in SIL by 14.4%.

The average plan budget for participants in SIL is currently $358,000 for year ended 30 June 2022.

AVERAGE PLAN BUDGET FOR SIL

 

Compare this to the average plan budget for those not in SIL which is $74,600

Average budget not in SIL

Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA)

In the latest NDIS Support Catalogue, price limits for Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) and for other capital supports have increased by 5.1% based on the change in the consumer price index.

An increase in total SDA supports in participant plans by around 23%, from $144 million as at 30 June 2019 to $271 million as at 30 June 2022

  • Increase in the number of active participants with SDA supports by 13% annually over the last three years, reaching 19,358 as at 30 June 2022.
  • Increase in the average plan budgets for SDA supports by around 9% per annum.
  • Increase in total SDA supports in participant plans has increased by around 23% per annum, from $144 million as at 30 June 2019 to $271 million as at 30 June 2022.
  • Increase in total SDA payments by 49% annually over the last three years, from $56 million to $186 million.
  • Increase in the average SDA payments per participant increased by 27% per annum.

SDA summary

SDA Statistics

  • The total number of enrolled SDA dwellings at 30 June 2022 was 7,08690 (up by 31%  annually over the last 3 years, and by 862 dwellings (14%), compared to a year ago at 30 June 2021.
  • This increase was observed across all design categories, except for Basic stock which saw a 1% reduction (23 dwellings).
  • The largest relative increase was for dwellings of the High Physical Support category (35% / 514 dwellings), followed by dwellings of the Robust design category (25% / 96 dwellings).
  • Overall, all States and Territories saw increases in enrolled dwellings.

As at 30 June 2022:

  • There were 2,993 participants in an SDA dwelling seeking an alternative dwelling and
  • 1,727 participants who were not in an SDA dwelling seeking a vacancy.

Of the combined 4,720 participants seeking SDA dwellings, 1,607 (34%) were for the Improved Liveability design category and 1,279 (27%) were for High Physical Support.

 

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