This is the Summer Foundation’s second NDIS Report Card, which reports on the impact the NDIS is having for younger people with disability living in nursing homes. The NDIS Report Card measures this impact in six important areas. Here is snapshot of the findings:
Outcome 1: The NDIS is reducing admissions to RAC overall
Overall, since 2014 until 2017, admissions of young people to residential aged care have reduced by 5 per cent across the trial sites of Hunter, ACT and Barwon.
The results are best in the ACT, which achieved a reduction in admissions of 30 per cent, in the Hunter region of NSW, admissions were down 17 per cent but in Barwon, Victoria, admissions have actually risen by 37 per cent. A lack of suitable housing in Barwon could be a reason for the rise.
Outcome 2: The NDIS is meeting its targets to bring young people in RAC into the scheme
The National Disability Insurance Agency’s (NDIA) target, as told to Senate Estimates, is that by now around 72 per cent, or 4,488 of the 6,200 young people in nursing homes, will have started transition to the NDIS.
As at 30 December 2017, just 2,082 young people in RAC had become NDIS participants.
Outcome 3: Facilitated access is helping young people in RAC become NDIS participants
A focussed effort by the NDIA to target young people in aged care saw an extra 1,109 people added to the scheme between September 2017 and March 2018.
However, another 118 young people living in RAC were found to be ineligible, this equates to one in 20 of those that were assessed who were refused entry to the scheme.
Outcome 4: The NDIS is creating housing so that young people can leave RAC
Across Australia there are currently 996 specialist disability accommodation (SDA) places under construction. The latest data from October 2017 shows that 6,400 NDIS participants had SDA funding included in their NDIS plans. Of this number, 22 were young people living in RAC.
Outcome 5: Young people are leaving RAC to live in the community
There is currently no data available on the number of young people who became NDIS participants while living in RAC who have since left.
What we do know is that 90 per cent of young people living in aged care in 2016 previously had a partner, but only 5 per cent still identified as being married. In 2016, just 3 per cent of young people in RAC had left to return home.
Outcome 6: The NDIS is improving young people’s quality of life
The median annual value of NDIS plans of 1,576 young people in aged care in the scheme is $104,563. However, $77,539 of this amount is taken up in RAC fees, leaving an annual amount of $31,990 for participants to improve their quality of life, including preparing to leave aged care.
The figures are as told to Senate Estimates and include data that shows that just over half (51.3 per cent) of young people in RAC with NDIS plans have begun accessing their funding.
We have developed Sample NDIS Plans for younger people in RAC to provide examples of how the NDIS can support you. Download the plans here.