The NDIS offers financial assistance to qualified disabled individuals to spend more time with their loved ones, be more independent, have access to volunteering opportunities in their community and gain new skills, all of which will improve their quality of life. The NDIS Price Guide describes the NDIS pricing arrangements and the guidelines governing when and how a support provider may charge for services and supports paid for with NDIS funds. Below are some of the updates in the 2022-23 Price Guide
Travel of the support worker
If the client is stationed in a rural or remote area, some support staff who travel significant distances to offer core services and support could now charge for 2 -way travel. Before the trip takes place, the customer must be made aware of the fees and provide their consent. The NDIA decides what qualifies as remote and regional.
- When participants provided the provider fewer than 2 (and for some supports, 5) full days’ notice before cancelling a service appointment, it was deemed “short notice” in the past.
- Good news for providers: starting on July 1, this is now updated to seven days.
- If you’re a participant, you should cancel service appointments more than seven days in advance to prevent extra charges from being made to your account (especially for expensive services like short-term housing and respite care).
- You might also want to look over current service contracts with your service providers.
Prices for Support Work
- All NDIS price ceilings for services provided by disability support staff have increased by 9%, including a temporary loading of 2% in 2022–2023.
- It will ease the financial strains brought on by changes to the SCHADS Award, the min wage and superannuation guarantee, expenditures related to NDIS registration, and the pandemic. Overall, this is good news for providers.
- Participants will be unaffected since the NDIA automatically boost all NDIS pricing arrangements to accommodate price limit alterations.
- The 2022–23 Price Guide only offers the normal pricing and a single “high intensity” price, unlike the previous Price Guide’s three levels of complexity for service costs.
- New line items under Enhanced Daily Living have been introduced for particular allied health providers.
- Participants used to be required to submit quotations for meal preparation and delivery in the past, which could take weeks before approval. The NDIA discontinued the necessity for quotations to finance these services.
- The new NDIS Bereavement Addendum enables registered plan managers to submit claims for ongoing plan management tasks (including processing invoices) for up to 90 days following the death of a member at the agreed-upon weekly rate. SIL providers can claim support for up to four weeks after a participant’s death.
- The price cap for the comparable non-TTP item is lower than the Temporary Transformation Payment (TTP). The price limit gap is decreased to 3% for 2022–2023. When using services that charge TTP, you will now pay 3% less as participant.
Providers and participants of disability support services can better understand how pricing controls for supports and services operate under the NDIS with the help of the NDIS Price Guide. Price control guarantees that participants get the most for their money from their support. Participants and providers may agree to reduce costs. When supporting participants under the management of the NDIA or a plan, the regulations specified in the NDIS pricing arrangements and Pricing Limits must be adhered to.