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A4's interim submission on the sustainability of the NDIS is available online.

The submission contains some recent data about the number of people diagnosed formally with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and receiving either an NDIS plan or Carer's Allowance (child). These diagnosis rates are often interpreted as indicators of autism prevalence in our community.

The following data is reported in Annex A.

  NDIS - autism NDIS rates Carer Allowance (child)
Age (years) 0 to 6 7 to 14 15 to 18 0 to 6 7 to 14 0 to 6 7 to 14 15 to 18
ACT 248 1325 398 0.63% 2.97% 171 917 306
NSW 7124 23869 6100 1.03% 2.90% 5300 21438 7020
NT 148 568 102 0.61% 2.03% 126 517 141
QLD 4257 17125 4267 0.96% 3.05% 3712 20707 7215
SA 1795 8622 2406 1.29% 5.01% 1708 7433 2430
TAS 431 1513 469 1.04% 2.87% 383 1744 612
VIC 5197 21159 4707 0.93% 6.23% 4668 22964 7701
WA 1587 6782 2301 0.66% 2.41% 1229 5547 1911
Australia 20788 80972 20752 0.95% 3.09% 17301 81285 27351

A4 is concerned that over 6% of school-age children in Victoria (5% in SA) are eligible for and receiving an NDIS plan with autism as their primary disability. Nationally, the rate is over 3% of children.

While the number of pre-school-age autistic children is lower (0.95%), there are high numbers of children whose primary disability type is "Developmental Delay" or Global Developmental Delay, who it appears may be subsequently (too late) diagnosed autistic which means they miss out on autism-specific early intervention that research suggests produces substantially better long-term outcomes.

A4 encourages people to view the full submission.

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26 November 2021
Mr Bob Buckley
Autism Aspergers Advocacy Australia (A4)

By email:

Dear Mr Buckley,

Current Scheme Implementation and Forecasting for the NDIS

Thank you for your submission to this inquiry. The committee has accepted your submission and allocated it submission number Submission 46.

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