A systematic approach that:
• delivers appropriate services that is best for the individual, when and where it is needed
• addresses the gaps in service provision to people with a disability
• empowers consumers to have choice and control over their required services and access to healthcare
Disability affects the wider Australian community:
- 1 in 5 Australians (18.3% or 4.3million Australians) report they have a disability 
- 78.5% report a physical condition and 21.5% report mental and behavioural disorders 
- 23.9% of people who identify as being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent report living with a disability compared to 17.5% of non-Indigenous Australians 
People with a disability also experience poorer physical health. Based on reports from people living with a severe or profound disability:
- 46% undertake no physical activity versus 31% for those without disability 
- 1.7 times as likely to be obese as those without disability 
- have a higher prevalence of various types of long-term health conditions 
- 3.3 times as likely to have 3 or more long-term health conditions as those without disability (74% versus 23%) 
Participation in physical activity for sport for people with a disability was reported to be:
- 59% for people aged 5 to 14 years 
- 20% for 15-64-year-olds  compared to 28% of the Australian population 
- 12% for people aged 65 years  and older compared to 17% of the Australian population 
Participation in physical activity for exercise or recreation for people with a disability was reported to be:
- 66% for children and youth aged 5 to 14 years 
- 50% for 15-64-year-olds  compared to 60% for the same aged Australian population 
- 36% for people aged 65 years  and older compared to 47% the same aged Australian population 
- Significant barriers to participation in physical activity and sport include lack of inclusion, negative societal attitudes and lack of local opportunities 
Cost of inaction
- reduced quality of life and decreased life expectancy for people living with a disability 
- increased demand for health care and support services, increasing economic and time constraints for carers and support workers
- insufficient workforce to cater for NDIS growth which has increased by 73% between 2016- 2017  thus decreasing the ability to provide appropriate consumer-centred care
- Ensure people living with a disability receive the same physical, mental, and social benefits from participating in sport and physical activity as those without a disability.
- Increase access to exercise services by re-classifying exercise physiology within the National Disability Insurance Scheme to be included in the “Daily Living” category instead of the “Health and Well Being” category.
- Ensure NDIS prices reflect the realistic costs of providing high-quality care and support, stimulating investment in growth and change.
- Educate NDIA personnel regarding exercise physiology and exercise science services and the benefits across health continuum (prevention, management, treatment).
- Make further investments in sector and workforce development that assist disability service providers to make the transition to the NDIS.
- Support consumers by increasing their choice and access to services that support their physical and mental health needs.
- Facilitate participants being able to choose NDIS planners who have expertise and experience in disability support.