Below are the important changes that may affect your pricing structure.
Equal Remuneration Order (ERO) adjustment
Pay rates for some employees in the social and community services industry are gradually increasing under the Equal Remuneration Order made by the Fair Work Commission. The NDIA has updated its Disability Support Worker Cost Model due to an adjustment coming into effect on 1 December. This results in a price increase for 369 NDIS support items. Price limits will increase by between 1.5% and 2.7%. A full list of the NDIS line items determined by the cost model can be found here.
Assistance with Self-Care Activities – Standard – Weekday Daytime
Current Price with TTP loading
New Price with TTP loading
NDIS providers are advised to inform their customers of this increase and adjust the pay rate for their employees under the Social and Community Award accordingly.
The new Price Guide is also clarifying arrangements for supports delivered by Telehealth. Telehealth can be used to deliver direct supports where appropriate and with the agreement of the participant. The provider will need the agreement of the participant in advance to be able to claim for the support. Claims for Telehealth Services should be made using the relevant support item by using the ‘Telehealth Services’ option in the myplace portal or by stating this on the invoice.
Early Childhood Intervention Supports
The new NDIS Price Guide clarifies that providers of Early Intervention Supports for Early Childhood can include 1:1 supports in a ‘program of supports’ (of up to 12 weeks in length) but only where these are provided in combination with group supports within the program.
NDIS Support Catalogue
The NDIS Support Catalogue has been updated accordingly and also lists five additional columns. These columns identify if the provider can claim for provider travel, non-face to face support, short notice cancellation, NDIA reports or irregular Supported Independent Living (SIL) support for the correlating supports.
With more than 1.5 million people on JobSeeker, people with disabilities are facing an even harder challenge to secure employment in the open market. Before the COVID-19 pandemic only 53.4% of people with disability were employed, compared with 84.1% of people without disability. The median gross income for a person with disability was about half of the $1,016 per week gross income for a person without disability.
The Department of Social Services (DSS) has opened an open, competitive grant opportunity for organisations who would like to make an impact on employment for people with disability, particularly in the light of COVID 19. The Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) – Economic Participation Grant offers a total of $39.9 million available for one year. Grants can range from $250,000 (GST excl.) to $1.2 million (GST excl.) and will be available from 10 June 2021 to 9 June 2022. Applications will close on the 8 December 11 pm AEDT. Continue reading…
People with disabilities have limited opportunities to access the same community activities as everyone else. Whilst many community and volunteer groups would like to be more inclusive, many lack confidence, knowledge or experience in how to welcome and integrate people with disabilities into their programs and activities.
The Department of Social Services (DSS) is offering grants that aim to build the capacity of the community to create more opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in and contribute to community life, particularly through the recovery process from COVID-19 restrictions and recent disasters. This grant program aims to support local government, community and volunteer groups, boards, charities, sporting clubs and associations, art groups and programs, health and wellbeing groups, informal community networks or clubs and emergency services organisations. Continue reading…
2020 has been the year of challenges and disasters and while our economy is expected to recover in the medium term, the scarring and damage to individuals’ economic situation will impact on the social sector for years to come. Not-for-profits have started to adapt and COVID-19 lockdowns in particular have forced many to offer new services, discontinue or modify their services (Michael 2020). Although most restrictions have been lifted in states and territories, new ways of service delivery are here to stay or yet to evolve. Continue reading…
Being disabled you are in the hands of others and if those hands aren’t kind what an awful world it must be.
Ann Marie Smith’s death was a shocking case of abuse and neglect and, as the independent investigations have confirmed, also a failure of the system. The review of the adequacy of the regulation of the supports and services provided to Ms Smith conducted by the Hon Alan Robertson provides a list of ten recommendations of how the NDIS Commission‘s processes and systems should be changed. The advice for the two-way information flow between the NDIS Commission and the NDIS reveals major gaps in the system.
In an inclusive society, people with disabilities are able to take part in the same activities as anyone else. If we successfully removed barriers and integrated everyone into social and recreational activities we would need less disability specific community participation supports.
There have been calls to reduce the incentives for disability providers to offer group supports as people with disabilities should be able to choose their individual supports and the activities they are interested in.
Four South Australian charities wanting to enter the booming disability sector or expand their existing services offered to people with disability are among eight organisations across the nation set to receive a competitive industry edge.
As part of its Federally funded interactive learning program, NDIS Success, the Community Business Bureau (CBB) has announced that the successful South Australian grant recipients are Aboriginal Family Support Services (AFSS), Baptist Care SA, Clubhouse SA Inc Diamond House and Anangu Ngangkari Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation (ANTAC).
CBB General Manager, Consulting and Business Services, Jane Arnott, said: “This direct business consulting opportunity helps these organisations take what they’ve learned through our webinar series and apply that knowledge to some very exciting projects and plans they have in the pipeline.” Continue reading…
A Victorian-based disability sector operator wanting to help people with disability explore some of the nation’s most remote locations and another keen to establish accommodation for younger people with early onset dementia are among eight organisations across the nation set to receive a competitive industry edge.
As part of its Federally funded interactive learning program, NDIS Success, the Community Business Bureau (CBB) has announced that Austour and Orana Care and Consulting are among the successful grant recipients to receive business development support. Continue reading…
A local disability sector operator wanting to bolster its support to people living in the Cairns area with a lived experience of mental illness is among eight organisations across the nation to receive up to six months of direct business support designed to give them a competitive industry edge.
As part of its Federally funded interactive learning program, NDIS Success, the Community Business Bureau (CBB) has announced that The Junction Clubhouse in Cairns is among the successful grant recipients. Continue reading…
A local disability sector operator wanting to help people realise its vision to assist more people with disability achieve independent living is among eight organisations across the nation to receive up to six months of direct business support designed to give them a competitive industry edge.
As part of its Federally funded interactive learning program, NDIS Success, the Community Business Bureau (CBB) has announced that ACT’s Project Independence is among the successful grant recipients. Continue reading…
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