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06 August 2021

NDIS COVID-19 update.

With the COVID-19 situation continuing to change, it can be difficult to stay on top of all the different information.

Today we’re sharing some of the latest information to help you stay informed and safe.

Lockdowns and restrictions.

There are many areas in Australia currently in lockdown or under certain restrictions. These restrictions can change daily, so it’s important that you know where to find the right resources.

If you’re unsure whether your area is affected by lockdowns or restrictions, here’s a handy guide to check your area.

Accessing essential supports.

The NDIS has a number of general measures to ensure NDIS participants and their families continue to receive the essential supports they need.

Whether for COVID-19 or another health reason, the way you access health care if you are in a lockdown area depends on your circumstances.

You might see your health care provider:

You should keep your regular health care appointments, including home care, and medical or pathology appointments for chronic conditions. You might be able to arrange a telehealth appointment for some things.

Temporary support measures extended.

Many temporary support measures were due to end in July this year however the following support measures have been extended.

Access to low-cost assistive technology – ongoing

NDIS participants can continue to use their funding to purchase a broader range of low cost assistive technology (AT) to access essential supports during the coronavirus pandemic, such as equipment to access online supports or telehealth.

Any purchase must be a reasonable and necessary support that relates to your disability and helps you to pursue your goals. You can read our previous update on Temporary flexibility for low cost AT for more details.

One-off deep cleaning for support worker related COVID-19 diagnosis – ongoing

If a participant has a support worker attending their home who later tests positive to COVID-19, the participant can access a one-off deep clean.

Cleaning services, additional self-isolation and COVID-19 diagnosis supports in Supported Independent Living (SIL) – ongoing

Cleaning services and higher intensity support will continue to be available for NDIS participants living in Supported Independent Living (SIL) arrangements who test positive for COVID-19.

These supports are also available to participants living in SIL who are required to self-isolate or quarantine.

National clinical first response service for SIL providers – until 31 December 2021

The NDIA clinical first response service is designed to support SIL providers with critical COVID-19 incidents.

This service may include emergency intervention, clinical support and infection control in the case of a positive COVID-19 diagnosis or outbreak in residential disability accommodation.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) for certain participants with a reasonable and necessary need – ongoing

If you have a reasonable and necessary need for PPE items like face masks, face shields and gloves when your disability support worker is supporting you, you can use your Core supports budget to purchase these items.

Temporary changes to group-based activities for NSW residents.

If you live in the Greater Sydney region, you may already be aware that disability day programs have ceased all group-based activities until 10 August 2021.

Providers should have contacted participants to discuss temporary arrangements, including moving programs online if possible.

If these changes affect you, or you are currently in lockdown and you don’t have access to appropriate equipment to access online support or telehealth, low cost assistive technology might be an option for you.

Your health and safety.

Whether you have received the COVID-19 vaccination or not, there are a number of ways you can take care of your health and safety during the pandemic.

  • If you live in an area that is in lockdown, stay at home unless you have an essential reason to leave.
  • Stay 1.5 metres away from other people and avoid handshakes and physical contact with people outside your household.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell and get tested for COVID-19. You must stay at home until your results come back.
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or use hand sanitiser.
  • Always cough or sneeze into your arm or a tissue and put the tissue in the bin straight away.
  • If you do have to leave the house and you’re medically able to wear a mask, the government has put together an easy read guide on masks.

Handy resources.

It’s business as usual for Leap in!

Our Leap in! Crew are working hard to ensure we continue to deliver uninterrupted service throughout the lockdown period. To keep everyone in our team safe and well, we’re all working from home and have access to everything we need to support you, to answer questions and to process invoices.

There is so much information about COVID-19 and the NDIS to get your head around. We stay up-to-date with the latest information so we can share what you need to know.

You can still continue to:

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