If you’re looking for up-to-date information about the costs of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and how to get your services funded, then you’ve come to the right place! We know that understanding reimbursement rates and price guides can be confusing, so we’ve created this comprehensive guide to help you navigate budgeting for NDIS participants. Whether you’re an entire support coordinator or self-managed participant in Australia, our updated NDIS Price Guide 19/20 will give you a better grasp of what is available on your plan and what it costs – giving peace of mind while accessing services that are essential to living the life they choose.
What is NDIS, and what does it stand for?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is an Australian Government initiative established to provide support and services for people with disability, their families and carers. It stands for ‘National Disability Insurance Scheme’.
The NDIS is designed to give people with disability more choices and control over the types of support they receive. The aim is to enable them to live independently and reach their goals. Support includes access to community participation activities, transport, therapy services, accommodation options, equipment and other daily living supports.
The NDIS offers individuals a personalised service tailored to their needs and circumstances and provides practical assistance such as financial support for approved reasonable or necessary supports. This can be used in combination with mainstream or existing community services.
The NDIS also provides funding for local organisations to increase the capacity of people with disability, their families and carers to access mainstream services, participate in the community and exercise choice and control over how they receive support.
The different types of services available through NDIS
There are several types of services available through NDIS. The following are the most common:
1. Core supports: Core supports help participants achieve their goals and live independent life. These may include personal care, support coordination, respite care and house cleaning services.
2. Capacity building supports: Capacity building supports are designed to increase a person’s capacity or skills in social participation, daily living, health and well-being, learning and employment (including workplace modifications).
3. Capital Supports: Capital Supports provide funding for equipment or modifications that enable a participant to be more independent (for example, wheelchairs, vehicle modifications or assistive technology).
4. Improved Living Arrangements: Improved Living Arrangements provide funding for assistance with living arrangements and accommodation (including modifications to a participant’s home).
5. Therapy Services: Therapy services help participants develop, maintain or regain physical, cognitive or social skills. This may include physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology and psychology services.
6. Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA): SDA provides eligible participants with more choice over their housing options by subsidising specialist disability accommodation designed to meet the needs of people with disabilities. This can be used to modify or construct a new property. NDIS Home Care Packages provide tailored support and services to people with disability, helping them stay independent in their own homes.
Key updates effective July 1 2019, include:
1. general price rises and increases specific to therapists, attendant Care, and community engagement;
2. the establishment of a Temporary Transformation Payment (TTP); rises to remote and very remote loadings;
3. revisions to charging practices for travel, non-face-to-face services, and cancellations
4. enhancements to Assistive Technology and Home Alterations;
Major Updates to NDIS Policy
These modifications can be somewhat perplexing and may not pertain to your unique instance. We analysed the NDIS price guide modifications and highlighted the most important updates you should be aware of.
1. According to the NDIS website, participant plan funding will be automatically modified beginning July 1 to reflect recent price increases for therapy, attendant care, and community involvement.
2. The “Support Catalogue” prices are now applicable nationwide.
There are still varying charges for Remote and Very Remote Areas.
3. Increase provider travel reimbursement to 30 minutes in urban and 60 minutes in rural areas.
4. Hourly rate for non-face-to-face care activities performed on the participant’s behalf.
- Domestic Cleaning – $49.16
- Yard Maintenance – $48.28
- Personal Care (daytime weekly) – $52.85
- Personal Care (Saturday) – $72.69
- Personal Care (Sunday) – $94.52
- Social Support into the Community – $52.85
Who can access NDIS services, and how do they go about it?
To be eligible for NDIS services, an individual must meet all the following requirements:
1. They must have a permanent and significant disability that affects their ability to take part in everyday activities;
2. Their disability must be assessed as likely to require support for a minimum of two years;
3. They must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident (or hold a protected special category visa);
4. They must live in Australia.
Once someone is deemed eligible for NDIS services, they will be contacted by an NDIS representative who will arrange for them to create a personalised plan tailored to their needs and goals. This plan will outline what kind of support are available, how much funding they can access and how it should be used. The NDIS representative will also provide information about accessing services, such as finding suitable providers and setting up the necessary paperwork. In addition, they can help with planning for the future and reaching their goals.