We know participants living in SIL arrangements are at higher health risk during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, due to the SIL environment and other existing health conditions.
We are also aware that you may require additional funding to manage the care and support of residents who are diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19).
Two new support items will be available for participants residing in SIL properties and diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19).
These new items will support you to continue to deliver services and ensure participants receive the support they need.
The new support items will cover three situations when a participant is diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19):
- they continue to reside in their normal SIL accommodation.
- they are admitted to hospital.
- they are relocated to alternative housing for isolation purposes or while transitioning into or out of hospital.
A participant could move through all of these situations, and funding will follow to the provider in all of these situations.
The two new support items are:
- Cleaning services: $300 to cover the cost of a one-off professional deep cleaning of a residence per participant newly diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19), with one claim allowable per participant diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19).
- Additional supports: $1,200 maximum daily rate to cover the cost of higher intensity support including staffing increase, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), professional laundering, and any ancillary costs directly related to the participant’s diagnosis. This item may be claimed throughout a participant’s period of infection (based on number of days from diagnosis to negative test result), whether they are located in their normal accommodation, in hospital, or isolated in alternative accommodation.
The NDIS will not cover additional administrative costs, staff sick leave, medical costs associated with a hospital stay or everyday expenses.
You can continue to claim usual SIL costs while a participant diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19) is in hospital or isolated in alternative accommodation. Alternative accommodation will also be claimable through the short term accommodation support item.
If you have a participant residing in SIL who is diagnosed you must immediately notify the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission.
The Commission will inform the NDIA, and we will update the participants plan as quickly as possible to include additional funding against these new items as stated supports.