NDIA announces massive changes to the NDIS amid COVID-19 pandemic
Today's update come from Disability Services Consulting and the NDIS.
The NDIA has just announced a sweeping changes to the operations of the NDIS in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These will have a huge (and likely positive) impact on every participant in the Scheme. Here is what we know so far:
Support Coordination in Core!
With many people struggling to access their disability supports, Support Coordination has become an essential service. Thankfully, the Agency has recognised that. A new line item for Support Coordination has been added to Core. This will allow participants without Support Coordination funding (or who have used all of theirs up) to access the service through their Core budget.
The Support Coordinator does not need to be registered to provide Core services. But people who are Agency managed will still need to use a registered provider.
Plans extended by 12 months
The NDIA is saying that on the day a plan is due to expire, it will be automatically be extended by 365 days (replacing the previous 28 day rule).
If a participant wishes to extend for 24 months, they can request this at the end of their plan and if people require more funds now to cover their critical needs through this time, they should request an unscheduled plan review.
As you have no doubt noticed, this is a fast-evolving situation. So, without a doubt, there will be more announcements to come. You can read the media release here. It is also worth checking the NDIA’s coronavirus FAQs each day.
You can read more about the Minister’s previous announcement (21 March) here.
For other updates:
- For those with children at home, this website provides classroom exercises in most subjects for all year levels: https://www.education.sa.gov.au/our-learning-sa
- The Public Health Unit has changed their definition of Probable Case:
- Probable case A person with fever (≥38°C) 1 or history of fever (e.g. night sweats, chills) OR acute respiratory infection (e.g. cough, shortness of breath, sore throat) AND who is a household contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19, where testing has not been conducted.
- The AHPPC has recommended temporary suspension of all non-urgent elective surgery.