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Newer Australians missing out on NDIS assistance

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Disability service providers are failing to connect with people from non-English speaking backgrounds because many are unsure of the support available or don’t know how to access it.

Around one in five Australians has a disability, and research shows a similar rate among people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.

This means that in proportion to the mainstream population, around 20 per cent of those taking up the NDIS should be from CALD backgrounds, according to a Settlement Services International (SSI) policy paper. However, the figure sits at around nine per cent.

Still outside the tent: Cultural diversity and disability in a time of reform calls on the federal and state governments and the NDIA to act urgently to ensure the NDIS is reaching everyone who needs it, and to offer other forms of support for those not eligible for the national insurance scheme.

 
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Source:
Caroline Riches, 2019, Australian Ageing Agenda (https://www.australianageingagenda.com.au/about/)

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