NDIS Quarterly Report Highlights: Choice, Control, and Participation Improvements

May 1 / Tim McNamara

Improvements in Community and Social Participation

The latest NDIS Quarterly Report is out, and it’s packed with insights that can make a real difference in our work as support coordinators. This report highlights the progress and ongoing challenges within the Scheme, providing a roadmap for better supporting our participants.

Here are the big takeaways from the latest NDIS Quarterly Report:

  • Community and social participation is on the rise.
  • Employment outcomes are improving, especially for young participants.
  • Parents and carers are seeing better employment rates.
  • Participants are enjoying more choice and control.
  • Sustained improvements over time highlight the long-term benefits of the NDIS.

As support coordinators, our role is pivotal in ensuring participants have the choice and control they need to lead fulfilling lives.

The Quarterly Report showcases significant improvements in this area, reflecting the positive impact the Scheme has on participants, their families, and carers. Working together, we can explore various ways participants can exercise their choice and control, communicate their preferences, and find providers that meet their needs.

This blog will delve into the key takeaways from the report, focusing on the enhancements in choice and control, and how these improvements reflect on the overall success of the NDIS.

Improvements in Community and Social Participation

Increased Participation Rates

Let's talk about community and social participation. The report highlights some impressive numbers:

  • 41% of participants aged 15 years and older who have been in the Scheme for two years or more are now more involved in community and social activities.
  • This marks a relative increase of 19%.

What does this mean? Simply put, more participants are getting out there, connecting with others, and becoming more integrated into their communities. This engagement is crucial—it helps build social networks, boosts confidence, and provides a sense of belonging.

Greater Choice and Control for Participants

Why This Matters

Community and social participation isn’t just about being active; it’s about improving overall well-being.

Being active in the community helps participants build social networks, develop new skills, and enjoy a sense of belonging and inclusion. The NDIS's focus on fostering these opportunities has clearly yielded positive results.

We have a strong focus of “Community Participation in Action,” within Workshop 2 of our NDIS Support Coordinator Training.

This training is designed to help you, as a support coordinator, build strong networks and facilitate community engagement for your participants. Here’s what you can expect from the workshop:

  • Networking Strategies: Learn how to connect participants with local activities and social groups.
  • Practical Tools: Get hands-on tools and tips to help participants stay engaged.
  • Success Stories: Hear real-life examples of how other support coordinators have successfully increased community participation.

All our training is designed with best practice in mind, which help support coordinators to gain valuable insights and techniques to further enhance the social and community involvement of those you support. This not only meets the NDIS goals but also significantly improves the quality of life for your participants.

Enhanced Employment Outcomes

Participation in Work

Employment is a critical aspect of independence and self-esteem for NDIS participants. The latest report brings some encouraging news:

  • Participation in work has more than doubled, from 10% to 22% for participants aged 15 to 24 years after two years in the Scheme.

This significant increase means more young participants are entering the workforce, gaining valuable skills, and achieving financial independence.

Why Employment Matters

Having a job not only provides financial benefits but also boosts confidence and social interaction. It gives participants a sense of purpose and belonging, contributing to their overall well-being.

Sustained Outcomes Over Time

Long-Term Improvements

One of the most encouraging aspects of the NDIS Quarterly Report is how participants' community and social participation improves the longer they are in the Scheme. Let’s break down the numbers:

  • Participants in the Scheme for 5 years: Community and social participation increased by 10 percentage points.
  • Participants in the Scheme for 6 years: Participation increased by 12 percentage points.
  • Participants in the Scheme for 7 years: Participation increased by 15 percentage points.

These improvements are significant. They show that sustained engagement with the NDIS leads to better outcomes over time. Participants are not only more active in their communities but are also enjoying a higher quality of life.

Continuous learning and adapting to changing NDIS standards are crucial for maintaining and improving these outcomes. Our facilitated online workshops are designed to keep you updated and equipped with the latest best practices. These workshops cover:

  • Ongoing Education: Stay current with the latest NDIS standards and practices.
  • Practical Skills: Learn new strategies to enhance participant engagement and satisfaction.

By participating in these workshops, you’ll ensure that you’re providing the best possible support to your participants, helping them achieve sustained improvements in their lives.

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Together, we can ensure every participant has the choice and control they deserve. Let’s keep making a difference!
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