The NDIA is committed to the continuous improvement of the methodologies underpinning the NDIS price controls framework.

A combination of market data, research, public consultation and regular industry engagement informs changes to pricing arrangements and price limits.

Annual Pricing Review 2021-22

The NDIA is seeking feedback about NDIS price limits and policy for the 2022-23 financial year.

We want to hear from providers, participants, their families and carers, community, peak bodies and other sector representatives.

The Annual Pricing Review 2021-22 looks at NDIS pricing arrangements and price limits and other pricing related policies. We want to see if they continue to be appropriate, or if we need to make changes.

This might include clarifying or simplifying pricing arrangements.

We have released the Financial Benchmarking Report 2020-21 as part of the Review. Read the report on the Financial benchmarking page.

Annual Pricing Review 2021-22 Consultation Paper

Read the Annual Pricing Review 2021-22 Consultation Paper:

Consultation Paper corrections were published on 14 October 2021.

The Review, as outlined in the paper, is considering:

  • Simplifying NDIS pricing arrangements, including:
    • Options to simplify the NDIS price control framework. This includes simplifying pricing materials to better support participants to exercise choice and control.
    • Options to improve participant understanding and access to pricing materials. This includes developing plain English, interactive and automated materials.
    • Options to reduce, as far as possible, the regulatory burden that pricing arrangements impose on participants and providers.
  • Pricing arrangements and price limits for core supports, including:
    • the ongoing appropriateness of the NDIS Cost Model for Disability Support Workers
    • any unintended consequences of the pricing arrangements for group based community participation supports introduced on 1 July 2020 
    • the extent to which the Temporary Transformation Payment arrangements have achieved their purpose and continue to provide value for money.
  • Pricing arrangements and price limits for therapy and nursing supports, including:
    • whether the NDIS pricing arrangements align with other comparable Australian Government and state schemes, and with the private market for therapy supports
    • the nature of the markets for therapy and nursing services 
    • a benchmarking of therapy and nursing supports
    • the extent of competition in the market for therapy services.
  • Pricing arrangements for support coordination and plan management. We want to encourage innovation, improve quality of service and ensure value for money.
  • Pricing arrangements that apply to supports delivered in regional, remote and very remote areas. We want to ensure participants living in those areas have access to appropriate supports.
  • Economic conditions in states where economic trends are often different from other states and territories. In particular, in Western Australia, Queensland and South Australia. We want to see if temporary adjustments to price controls are needed to better manage the market in these states.

Read the Consultation Paper to explore the Review topics in detail. 

How to contribute to the Review

Providers, participants, their families and carers, community, peak bodies and other sector representatives were invited to make a submission to the Review. 

The closing date for submissions was 28 November 2021.

We are consulting with submitters and anyone can contact the review at any time with issues or ideas they would like to discuss with the Review. Please email [email protected]

The NDIA is also leading 12 working groups to look at each Consultation Paper topic.

Providers and other sector stakeholders are encouraged to participate in a one or more working groups. 

The working groups will meet between December 2021 and March 2022.

We will consult with participants and their representatives on all the Review issues via our usual channels.

We will collate feedback from these activities.

The NDIA Board is currently considering the information that has been gathered and analysis undertaken through the Annual Pricing Review.

The Board’s decisions on the pricing arrangements for next financial year will be announced as soon as possible. 

As is the case each year, the final price limits for many supports for the coming year cannot be determined until the Fair Work Commission has completed its Annual Wage Review.

Given the significant disruption that many providers have faced over the last two years because of the pandemic, the Agency has decided to extend the transitional arrangements for group based core supports until 30 June 2023. A significant number of providers have already transitioned to the new group pricing arrangements.  

The Agency will be actively working with those providers who have not yet transitioned to assist them to make the transition within the next twelve months.

Following the Fair Work Commission’s annual minimum wage decision, we will release the Pricing Arrangements and Price Limits 2022-23 and Support Catalogue in June 2022.

Throughout this process we will deliver updates and recommendations to the NDIA’s Board. The earliest implementation of any new arrangements will be from 1 July 2022.

Review working groups

In November 2021 we invited providers, participant representative organisations and peak bodies to take part in our 12 Review working groups. 

We will hold the first meeting for each working group in early December or early January. Members will be asked to respond to the questions raised in the Consultation Paper. This is also an opportunity for members to discuss key issues and outline any ideas on the Consultation Paper topic. 

Each working group will meet again in early February. The NDIA will use this opportunity to discuss the preliminary Review findings and respond to issues raised by the working group. We will also share data we are using on to make Review decisions.

We will hold a third working group meeting in late February or early March to give members a final opportunity to provide input on the Consultation Paper topic.

Read the Review working groups terms of reference:

Read the Review terms of reference

This page current as of
14 April 2022
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