Alliance20, representing many of Australia’s largest disability providers, welcomes today’s announcement from the NDIS Minister, the Hon Bill Shorten, on new pricing for NDIS supports.
Alliance20 organisations participated in the NDIA’s recent comprehensive price review consultations and are extremely pleased to see that the government has heard the challenges providers have experienced.
The 9% increase to the NDIS price limits will assist to address the increasing cost pressures that NGOs have been facing in the delivery of supports to Participants of the Scheme, namely:
- changes to the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services (SCHADS) Industry Award
- addressing quality and safeguarding issues and compliance matters
- vital quality and safeguards regulatory requirements, and
- the Fair Work Commission’s recent wage decision
Additionally, as addressed in the announcement, providers have worked through a range of significant challenges keeping participants and staff safe in the context of Covid and recent natural disasters. These challenges have stretched providers resources to the limit and beyond. Therefore, the $514m for registered providers in recognition of these costs is particularly welcomed.
We look forward to further engagement with the National Disability Insurance Agency and the government in relation to other much needed supports, such as therapy and support coordination, which also need to be addressed in the interests of Participants.
Rob White, Chief Executive of Cerebral Palsy Alliance and chair of the Alliance20 said
“This is a real turning point for the scheme in supporting the provider sector. The new government and Minister have set a very positive tone for the ongoing work and partnering that is required to ensure the scheme is the world’s best.”
Enquiries: Chris Chippendale 0423 025 035