NDIS Price Guide 2022
Pricing in the disability sector is continually changing. Recently, the NDIA (National Disability Insurance Agency) and the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) made some important changes to Pricing Arrangements and Pricing Limits.
These changes impact the 2022-2023 financial year and come into effect from the 1st of July 2022.
Information about the recent changes can be found here.
We know that pricing changes can be intimidating and, at times, confusing. That’s why we’re highlighting four of the key changes that you need to know about the NDIS price guide in 2022.
1. Cancellation notice periods are increasing
In the coming financial year, there’s less flexibility when it comes to cancellations. Currently, cancellations are two business days for short supports and five days for long supports. Cancellation periods are now increasing.
Participants are now required to give seven days’ notice when cancelling. And, if a participant fails to do this, the provider can claim the entire fee for their services. While this will help protect provider’s income, it’s essential that participants are aware of this change to avoid losing their funds unnecessarily.
2. Support work prices are increasing
Support work pricing is another key change. In the next financial year, support work prices in the disability sector will increase by up to 9%.
The change is due to a range of factors including COVID-19 costs, a superannuation guarantee charge increase, and ensuring support workers have access to a fair wage.
It’s important to note, though, that participants’ NDIS funds will also be increasing to account for the pricing changes. Those impacted will receive an automatic increase in their funds.
The support work impacted by this change covers a broad range of services including:
- Training for carers
- Assistance with self-care
- Employment supports
- Skill development
- Assistance for access to community events
- Life planning
- Assistance with Supported Independent Living
The NDIA is also setting aside an additional $514 million for providers to help keep participants safe during the pandemic and take into account supports not previously taken into account.
3. Unchanged therapy and support coordination prices
It’s also important to note, that in the next financial year, prices for support coordination, plan management, and therapy are all unchanged and will continue at financial year 2021-2022 prices.
Reviews for these areas are being conducted, though, and updates are expected in the near future. We’ll share any information or updates with you as they’re announced.
4. ‘Other therapists’ give a degree of flexibility
For therapists who are not included within the specific list of official therapists, there is still provision to work with participants.
‘Other therapists’ are not specifically listed but are considered by the provider to be an appropriate professional to deliver therapeutic support. The support delivered in these cases must be in line with NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Commission’s requirements.
This is good news for participants who may find benefit from therapists who don’t fall into a specific listed category. It’s also important to keep in mind –– at myAutonomy, it’s our goal to help you use your funds flexibly in the ways that help you the most. If you’re unsure, we can help you clarify whether a therapist is considered an ‘other therapist’ or not.
We’re here to help
It’s our goal to help support coordinators and participants thrive. As the NDIA and NDIS make changes, we’re here to support you and empower you with information and advice.
Have any questions about your plan or pricing increases? We’re only too happy to help. Please reach out to our friendly team on 1300 60 33 89 or at [email protected]