Government commitment to Foundational Supports

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The Government has this week announced funding over two years to support work to develop and implement a Foundational Supports Strategy.

This new strategy was a recommendation from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) review report, which was completed in late 2024. The review recommended an increase to the support available for non-NDIS participants in mainstream settings, such as childcare and school – called ‘Foundational Supports’.

The review has proposed that Foundational Supports include both ‘general’ supports - for all people with disability, and ‘targeted’ supports - for people who are not eligible for the NDIS and are most in need of additional support.

The Government will now begin work on this strategy and will be seeking input through consultations with a range of people including parents, families, carers, the disability community, and researchers.

It is expected that the strategy will be considered by National Cabinet in the second half of this year.

As well as committing $11.6 million to develop the Foundational Supports Strategy, the Government has also committed to fund design and consultation on the other recommendations of the scheme, including:

  • $54.6 million for fairer and better ways to access an NDIS Budget;
  • $49.7 million for improved home and living options;
  • $10.2 million to repair the market for better ways to access and pay for supports; and
  • $3.6 million to undertake design and consultation work on a system of best practice early childhood supports.

Yooralla will continue to keep the community up to date with any progress and developments on the recommendations of the NDIS review, including consultation opportunities that may be available to clients, families and staff. Please refer to our NDIS review webpage for any updates.

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