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01 March 2021

NDIS update: Some temporary COVID-19 measures are ending.

Last year, the NDIS made some temporary changes in relation to COVID-19 to support participants during the initial stages of the pandemic.

The NDIS is now moving to what it calls “COVID-normal” where some of the temporary measures that were implemented due to COVID-19 are ending. Here’s the latest information.

Personal protective equipment – ends 28 February 2021.

Providers will no longer be able to make direct claims to the NDIA for the cost of personal protective equipment (PPE) for disability support workers.

The exception is where public health orders are in place that require PPE while supports are being delivered. Victoria is currently the only state or territory with this requirement.

Core budget support coordination – ends 31 March 2021.

NDIS participants will no longer be able to claim support coordination flexibly under their Core budget after 31 March.

Participants with a reasonable and necessary need for support coordination will still be able to use their Capacity Building budget to pay for these supports If they have been issued a dedicated support coordination budget in their plan.

The NDIS initially announced it had planned to end this budget flexibility on 28 February. However, that was extended to give participants additional time to manage the transition.

  • Participants who have not been paying for support coordination from their Core budget should not begin to do so now.
  • Participants who have been using their Core budget to pay for support coordination and still require support should contact their local area coordinator (LAC), ECEI partner or NDIS planner to seek a Plan Review or call 1800 800 110 for assistance.

Participants with support coordination in their Capacity Building budget will continue to have access to this support.

COVID-19 SIL supports – ends 30 June 2021.

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.

The provision of a clinical first responder service for SIL providers through Aspen Medical will also continue.

Home deep cleaning – ends 30 June 2021.

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.

Leap in! can help.

If you are unsure about how these changes may apply to you, we are here to help. Chat with the Leap in! Crew live on our website, email us connect@leapin.com.au or call 1300 05 78 78.

Further Reading

COVID-19 vaccinations start this month. Here’s what you need to know.

NDIS UPDATE: NDIS Quarterly Report.

Our top tips for managing COVID fatigue.