NDIA announces large changes to NDIS amid COVID-19

The NDIA has just announced a sweeping changes to the operations of the NDIS in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These will have a huge (and likely positive) impact on every participant in the Scheme. Here is what we know so far:

Support Coordination in Core

With many people struggling to access their disability supports, Support Coordination has become an essential service. Thankfully, the Agency has recognised that. A new line item for Support Coordination has been added to Core. This will allow participants without Support Coordination funding (or who have used all of theirs up) to access the service through their Core budget.

The Support Coordinator does not need to be registered to provide Core services. But people who are Agency managed will still need to use a registered provider.

Plans Extended By 12 Months

The NDIA is saying that on the day a plan is due to expire, it will be automatically be extended by 365 days (replacing the previous 28 day rule).

If a participant wishes to extend for 24 months, they can request this at the end of their plan and if people require more funds now to cover their critical needs through this time, they should request an unscheduled plan review.

Audit Updates

The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission has also put out advice regarding audits acknowledging:

  • The critical focus for NDIS providers right now is managing infection risk and business continuity
  • This will likely affect audit readiness and capacity (particularly on-site activities)

Auditors have been instructed to:

  • Review audit practices to minimise risk of exposure to COVID-19
  • Engage with providers scheduled for upcoming audits to confirm availability to continue
  • Delay or reschedule audit dates where providers are not in a position to proceed

The Commission will provide targeted advice to providers, such as varying conditions of registration and extending audit timeframes as necessary.

Please see the NDIA’s website page on COVID-19 which is updated regularly: https://www.ndis.gov.au/news/4676-covid-19-updates

This content was originally sourced from: https://www.disabilityservicesconsulting.com.au/resources/covid-19-annoucement-25-march 

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