In administering the NDIS, the NDIA balances the need for participants to have choice and control over their supports with providers delivering innovative and high quality services in a sustainable market of adequate size, quality and return.
The NDIA plays an important market stewardship role, including setting price limits and controls, defining services and payment rules. The NDIA monitors the effectiveness of price controls and other market settings through an annual price review to ensure the NDIS is delivering value for money and fostering choice and innovation in the marketplace.
On 30 March 2019, the NDIA announced major reforms to the price control arrangements, which will take effect from 1 July 2019. The new prices include a minimum increase of almost $11 per hour for therapists and up to a 15.4 per cent price increase to the base limit for attendant care and community participation.
Significantly, this announcement included the introduction of a new 7.5 per cent Temporary Transformation Payment for attendant care (which is replacing the Temporary Support for Overheads payment) to further assist providers to meet the additional costs associated with transforming their businesses under the NDIS. The announcement also clarified that increases will be further indexed for wage inflation prior to implementation.
Information on these changes can be found on the Annual price review page.
The NDIA is now consulting with the sector on the implementation of these changes. In particular the NDIA is seeking submissions on:
- the eligibility criteria that should apply to the new Temporary Transformation Payment
- the price control arrangements for Therapy Assistants.
The NDIA is also interested in receiving submissions on any other aspects of the current price control arrangements. In particular, the NDIA is interested in receiving submissions on the price control arrangements for:
- provider travel
- group and centre-based supports.
Contributing to this review
Submissions to the Annual Price Review may range from a short note outlining your views on a particular topic, to a much more substantial document covering a range of issues. Where possible, you should provide evidence, such as relevant data and documentation, to support your submission.
Submissions should take into account the objects and principles of the NDIS, as set out in the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013, including that the NDIS should:
- support the independence and social and economic participation of people with disability
- enable people with disability to exercise choice and control in the pursuit of their goals and the planning and delivery of their supports
- facilitate the development of a nationally consistent approach to the access to, and the planning and funding of, supports for people with disability
- promote the provision of high quality and innovative supports that enable people with disability to maximise independent lifestyles and full inclusion in the community
- adopt an insurance based approach, informed by actuarial analysis, to the provision and funding of supports for people with disability
- be financially sustainable.
Submissions do not need to cover every issue and can include comment beyond the matters listed above. The NDIA wishes to receive information and comment on any aspect of NDIS pricing arrangements to inform this and future price reviews.
If you are a provider of NDIS services, please provide a brief overview of the nature of your organisation, number of employees and participants, types of services you offer, and the locations in which you operate.
Any information you consider to be of a confidential nature should be clearly marked or identified as confidential. The NDIA will not disclose such confidential information to third parties, without first providing you with notice of its intention to do so, such as where it is compelled to do so by law.
Please lodge your submissions via email to: AnnualPricingReview@ndis.gov.au
Submissions for the Annual Price Review close midnight AEST Sunday 26 May 2019.