Support Access Portal

Project Info

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Team Members


Rach and 3 other members with unpublished profiles.

Project Description


Analysis of recent data shows that people on the NDIS are less able to use their support budgets than in pre-covid times. This is a sign that supports which were once face to face are less available for people. Our solution is to have a coordinated platform to enable people to access their supports digitally, or safely in person.


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Data Story


We used an open dataset from the NDIA to explore plan utilisation by people with Autism in the ACT. Utilisation refers to the amount of the plan budget that a participant uses. We were able to determine what percentage of the available funding for Capacity Building Supports (CBS) was being utilised by NDIS participants in the ACT with Autism and how this changed over time.

CBS help build the independence and skills of NDIS participants in areas related to overall wellbeing like social communication, relationships, community participation, health and wellbeing, education, daily living and life choices. We focused on CBS because it is a support category that covers areas relevant to the ACT Government’s Wellbeing Framework including but not limited to social connection, access and connectivity, living standards, education and life-long learning and economy.

By analysing changes to plan utilisation of CBS we can gain a better understanding of the trends around plan utilisation for supports which are targeted towards improving overall wellbeing outcomes for people with Autism in the ACT. We looked at trends in the quarterly percentage of usage over time from June 2019 to March 2021. This allowed us to determine changes to the utilisation of plan funding for CBS by NDIS participants with Autism in the ACT before and during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

We created graphs that plotted these changes to the percentage of CBS plan utilisation over time, looking at how this differed for all participants and also subsets of the population split into different age bands. Overall, we found that for all participants in the ACT with Autism there was a decrease to utilisation of CBS funding between quarters during the height of the COVID-19 Pandemic in 2020 (March -1.61%, June -4.92% and -3.45%). This indicates that people with Autism are not as able to access the services they need during the pandemic, which is most likely due to a decrease in the ability to participate in face-to-face services. This led us to develop a solution focused on improving the access of people with disabilities to their support services via a digital platform where they can connect with their Disability Support Providers online, and thus the Support Access Portal was born.


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COVID-19 Vaccination in Australia

Description of Use We used this dataset to provide background statistics on the population of vaccinated Australian's to inform our prototype Support Access Portal tool.

Data Set

All Wellbeing Measures (ACT)

Description of Use We explored the ACT Wellbeing Measures dataset deeply to understand how the recent COVID-19 Pandemic has changed the wellbeing of the local Canberra community. We analysed different wellbeing domains under the ACT's Wellbeing Framework. We undertook forecasting analysis of key measures and created graphs to represent our findings. People with disabilities typically experience lower wellbeing outcomes compared to the general population. We have embedded the graphs into the Disability Support Providers side of our prototype Support Access Portal.

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Utilisation of plan budgets by NDIS Participants from June 2019 to March 2021 (NDIS Budget Data Downloads)

Description of Use This dataset provides utilisation rates by different variable combinations e.g. support category, region, age band. Utilisation refers to the amount of the plan budget that a participant uses. We were able to use this dataset to determine what percentage of the available funding for Capacity Building Supports that was being utilised by NDIS participants in the ACT with Autism. By analysing changes to plan utilisation of Capacity Building Supports we can gain a better understanding of the trends around plan utilisation for supports which are targeted towards improving overall wellbeing outcomes for people with Autism in the ACT. We looked at trends in quarterly percentage of usage over time from June 2019 to March 2021. This allowed us to determine changes to the utilisation of plan funding for Capacity Building Supports by NDIS participants with Autism in the ACT before and during the COVID-19 Pandemic. We created graphs that plotted these changes to the percentage of Capacity Building Support plan utilisation over time looking at how this differed for all participants and when split into different age bands.

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Challenge Entries

Health and wellbeing of autistic people during a pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted the mental health of people all around the world. Studies suggest that there is likely to be a much greater impact for people with autism spectrum disorder, as the pandemic directly affects social functioning and everyday routines.

Eligibility: At least one open dataset must be utilised.

Go to Challenge | 9 teams have entered this challenge.

Wellbeing in the ACT

How do we safeguard the wellbeing of Canberrans?

Eligibility: Must use at least one ACT Government data set, either from the Open Data Portal (data.act.gov.au) or the Geospatial Catalogue (actmapi-actgov.opendata.arcgis.com).

Go to Challenge | 3 teams have entered this challenge.

Meeting the needs of vulnerable Australians during a global pandemic

How can data help us better understand and meet the needs of vulnerable Australians such as older Australians and Australians with a disability as we navigate through the complexities of a global pandemic?

Eligibility: Must use at least one open dataset.

Go to Challenge | 6 teams have entered this challenge.

Living in a post-pandemic world

How can we use real-time data to assist with the preparation and ongoing management of living with Covid-19 as we progress towards a post-pandemic Australia and New Zealand?

Eligibility: Contestants should use Confluent as part of their solution and the CRISPER dataset as part of their solution.

Go to Challenge | 13 teams have entered this challenge.

Create a solution to a customer need using the ABS Data API

We are excited to provide innovators with machine to machine access to ABS Data and see what exciting customer solutions can be created. Here is a chance to draw in ABS Data and answer an important question through visualisation, mapping or even blending with other data sources. Create a solution to a customer need using data drawn from the ABS Data API.

Eligibility: Teams are encouraged to use datasets from a variety of sources, but at least one must be drawn from the ABS Data API.

Go to Challenge | 20 teams have entered this challenge.