NDIA HQ a boon for regional Victoria
Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson said the $120 million National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) headquarters under construction in Geelong would create hundreds of local jobs and benefit regional Victoria.
Ms Henderson and Minister for Social Services Dan Tehan today toured the construction site of the new NDIA headquarters.
When construction is expected to finish in late 2018, the office will house 560 staff from the NDIA – the Agency responsible for delivering the $22 billion National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Ms Henderson said regional Victorians were already benefitting from the NIDS.
“The NDIS is expected to support approximately 5,900 participants in the Barwon region, receiving an estimated $280 million,” Ms Henderson said.
“The NDIS is also expected to support approximately 3,500 participants in the Western District and 4,600 in the Central Highlands. This represents funding supports of $180 million and $220 million respectively.
“That means incredible job and business opportunities in the disability support sector for regional Victorians.”
The NDIA’s market position statements estimates the level of annual expenditure in Victoria will grow from $2.6 billion to $5.1 billion in 2020.
Mr Tehan said the number of Victorians benefitting from the NDIS’ life-changing reform had nearly trebled on the previous year.
“At the end of December 2017, 142,266 Australians were accessing the NDIS. Of this number, 27,041 are Victorians,” Mr Tehan said.
“The number of Victorians accessing supports is expected to grow to 105,000 in 2019/20. In the 2016/17 financial year, $488.3 million was committed in supports to Victorian NDIS participants. In the 2017/18 financial year, this amount more than doubled to $1,127.9 million.”