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04 December 2019

New NDIS Price Guide and Support Catalogue changes just released.

Recently we shared the New NDIS Price Guide: Disability-related health supports now funded by the NDIS.

The latest update from the NDIS (December 2019).

The NDIS has released some additional changes to the Price Guide and Support Catalogue and we’ve summarised the most important changes for you below:

1. Six (6) areas reclassified as remote.

The following areas are now classified as remote:

  • Merredin, Boulder, South Boulder, Victory Heights in Western Australia
  • Hay South in New South Wales
  • Comet in Queensland.

2. Price limit increases for Short Term Accommodation and Assistance.

The NDIA has increased price limits for Short Term Accommodation and Assistance for weekdays, weekends and public holidays. Increases also apply for 1:1 and 1:4 support ratios.

The NDIA expect that any impact from this increase to be minimal, so participant plans will not be adjusted to reflect the change.

3. Clearing up confusion on respite care.

The word ‘respite’ has been introduced into the title and description of all Short Term Accommodation and Assistance line items to help avoid confusion.

Look for ‘STA and Assistance (incl. respite) in both the support catalogue and provider portal.

4. Introduction of Medium Term Accommodation.

A new, Medium Term Accommodation (MTA) option has been introduced for those participants who are waiting to move into their confirmed permanent home.

MTA relates to the accommodation component of care only. Additional support is provided by the participant’s existing living costs and disability support arrangements.

The new transitional housing support can be used for:

  • Bridging accommodation for younger participants who are at risk of being admitted to aged care or who wish to leave aged care, while they wait for home modifications or specialist disability accommodation
  • Participants who are ready to leave hospital but are waiting for disability-related home modifications to be completed
  • Participants who are eligible for specialist disability accommodation but are waiting on a vacancy or a build to be completed
  • For more details on this new option, visit the NDIS webpage Delivering the NDIS plan: new medium-term accommodation for NDIS participants.

5. Clarification for recent new ‘Core’ supports.

In October, the NDIA introduced new support items to the ‘Core’ budget category. These new items had the same names as support items in the ‘Capacity’ category and the change created some confusion.

To fix this, the NDIS has updated the descriptions for the ‘Core’ category to make it clear that these supports must directly relate to significant and functional impairment and assist with daily living activities. Learn more by visiting the NDIS webpage on Disability-related health supports.

6. Minor changes to AT and consumable support items.

The need to obtain a quote for some Assistive Technology Products and/or accessories has been removed.

Also, the new Assistive Technology and Consumables Code Guide has renamed ‘respirator’ to ‘ventilator’ to reflect preferred terminology. To access the latest guide, go to the NDIS webpage on Providing assistive technology.

Leap in! can answer your questions.

If you have questions about how any of these changes affect you, the Leap in! Crew are standing by to help.

Give us a call on 1300 05 78 78, email us or chat to one of your team members via our website (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm).

Further reading.

The NDIS Price Guide explained.

The latest NDIS Price Guides and Resources.

Respite and the NDIS.