The NDIA takes its responsibility for price setting seriously and has established a Pricing Reference Group (PRG).
The PRG will guide NDIS price regulation activities and decisions to support Scheme objectives during the transition to a competitive market place.
The PRG was established in response to the Independent Pricing Review (IPR) commissioned by the NDIA Board to address pricing issues raised by participants and providers.
The PRG is tasked with:
- reviewing market prices and factors influencing markets, including market monitoring activities and timely responses to market issues that arise
- deciding when and how to consult sector stakeholders on price regulation matters
- making price regulation decisions based on a consistent impact assessment framework that considers —
- expected costs and benefits for participants, providers and other relevant stakeholders, including the distribution of these costs and benefits
- risks, along with any options to manage/mitigate these risks
- any other impacts that are relevant to the successful delivery of the Scheme
- publishing decisions and the reasoning for these decisions where appropriate.
The creation of the PRG demonstrates the NDIA's commitment to a rigorous and transparent approach to continuous improvement of the NDIS price control arrangements.
The PRG is chaired by the Head of Markets, Provider and Sector Development, Antonia Albanese. Members include Agency executive team members, representatives of the Market Settings Branch, and two independent members, Mr Graeme Innes AM and Mr Jim Cox PSM, who bring expertise in disability rights and price regulation. The full list of members is in the Terms of Reference (DOCX 62KB).
The Group met first with full membership in October 2018 and will meet monthly, providing reports and advice to the NDIA executive team and Board
Communiques from each meeting will be published for the calendar year below.