Participants with acquired brain injury, cerebral palsy or spinal cord injury

The Participants with acquired brain injury, cerebral palsy or spinal cord injury in the NDIS report is one of a series of publicly shared reports released by the NDIA as part of the Agency’s commitment to sharing data (see reports and analyses).

These reports are in addition to the comprehensive quarterly reports and are released to assist stakeholders better understand participant characteristics, participant outcomes and market trends.

As at 31 December 2020, 14,013 (3.2%) participants have a primary disability of acquired brain injury, 16,184 (3.7%) have a primary disability of cerebral palsy, and 4,914 (1.1%) have a primary disability of spinal cord injury.

While the numbers may be small as a percentage relative to the Scheme as a whole, each disability type still represents a significant number of individuals.

The purpose of this report is to understand the profile and experience of participants with acquired brain injury, cerebral palsy or spinal cord injury and how this compares with other participants across the Scheme.

The report summarises available information on:

  • Participants – the profile of participants with acquired brain injury, cerebral palsy or spinal cord injury across various participant characteristics such as age, Indigenous status and gender. Scheme participation rates are also presented.
  • Participant experience – various measures of the Scheme as experienced by participants, including the rate of 'access met' decisions, Participant Services Guarantee (PSG) metrics, as well as rates of exits, complaints and Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) cases.
  • Committed supports, payments and utilisation – average annualised committed supports and utilisation of supports by participant characteristics such as age and SIL (Supported Independent Living) arrangement status, as well as the distribution and types of committed supports in participant plans. Average annualised payments by financial year are also included.
  • Participant goals, outcomes and satisfaction – This section documents participant goals, followed by outcomes for participants and their families and carers. Outcomes results include those recorded at Scheme entry and also longitudinal survey responses. The report concludes with results from the Participant Satisfaction Survey (PSS).

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This page current as of
31 March 2021