Supports in employment
The NDIS can fund supports in employment for participants who need extra help to achieve their employment goals. This is sometimes called Supported Employment.
Generally, these supports are greater than what may be reasonably provided by an employer or with the support of Disability Employment Services (DES) .
New pricing for supports in employment
The NDIS has introduced new pricing for supports in employment that will give participants greater choice and control about where and how they work, and who provides their supports, as well as creating new opportunities for providers.
Supports in employment are primarily delivered in Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs). Approximately 20,000 NDIS participants work in ADEs.
NDIS participants can now also use these supports in a wider range of employment settings.
The new pricing means that while participants will continue to receive the support they need, providers now claim these supports in a different way.
From 1 July 2020, funding for these supports will be moved from a participant’s capacity building budget, into their core budget. This will happen as they receive new or renewed plans.
Participants can purchase frequent and ongoing on-the-job employment supports using their plan funding. They can use these supports in any workplace they choose, including government and non-government organisations, an ADE, social enterprises, micro-businesses, or in self-employment or a family run business.
As with other group-based Core supports, the Price Guide now lists a single unit price for each different time of the day or day of the week.
This means that providers will claim all supports against the appropriate one to one support items by dividing the time spent with the work group among the members of the group.
Having a single unit price both eases provider administration and ensures participants are paying for the supports they actually receive.
View the NDIS 2020-21 Price Guide and Support Catalogue.
These changes aim to improve employment outcomes for NDIS participants. It gives them more choice and control over where they work and who supports them to achieve their employment goals.
Transitioning to the new pricing framework
In order to support ADE providers, there will be an 18-month transition period.
This means ADEs can choose when to move to the new pricing until 31 December 2021. Then before they must claim against the new pricing.
Detailed information and resources for participants and providers are available to support the transition.
Participants are encouraged to contact their Local Area Coordinator or planner if they have any questions.