Fewer than half of Northern Territorians eligible for funded support under the National Disability Insurance Scheme have had payments made against their plan, prompting renewed questions about the scheme’s workings in remote areas.

The NDIS is now fully operational in the Territory’s Barkly region and will roll out in east Arnhem Land, as well as for people in supported accommodation in Darwin, from January 1.

Under the scheme, eligible participants are given a plan that entitles them to funding to spend on their choice of “reasonable and necessary supports” to help them lead a more ordinary life.

Out of the Territory’s 155 participants who have approved plans, only 42 per cent have had payments made against them.

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