Indigenous Australians and the National Disability Insurance Scheme

Nicholas Biddle, Fadwa Al-Yaman, Michelle Gourley, Matthew Gray, Rob Bray, Brendan Brady, Le Anh Pham, Emma Williams, Maxine Montaigne

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This document intends to inform future policy development of the National disability insurance scheme, (NDIS) and thereby assist Indigenous Australians in accessing support services appropriate to their cultural and geographic needs, sharing in opportunities available to the general Australian population, and participating fully in the economic and social life of their community.

The first part of the document aims to identify and assess the range of disability service delivery models available in order to overcome the barriers to accessing disability support services experienced by Indigenous Australians.The second part of the document analyses existing quantitative data sets to ascertain the extent and nature of disability in the Indigenous population, and how this varies according to geographic remoteness and key population groups.

Chapters two and three provide background and contextual information which is relevant to the disability service needs of the Indigenous population and how the NDIS can best meet the needs of Indigenous Australians. Chapter four considers the existing statistical evidence regarding the extent and nature of disability in the Indigenous population, the data gaps and how these gaps can best be filled. Chapters five to eight focus on issues concerning the delivery of disability services to Indigenous Australians as part of the NDIS. Some possible models and approaches to service delivery are discussed and, drawing upon the available evidence base, the advantages and disadvantages of different models are outlined. The final chapter integrates the conclusions and offers recommendations.

Abstract adapted from Indigenous Australians and the National Disability Insurance Scheme
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCanberra, ACT
PublisherThe Australian National University
ISBN (Print)9781925021882
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


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