A Quick Look At The 2022/23 NDIS Pricing Arrangements and Price Limits

The NDIA has just released the 2022/23 NDIS Pricing Arrangements and Price Limits.

So what does this mean for you as a Participant or Support Worker?

If you’re an NDIS Participant, consider how these changes might impact your provider’s rates—will they increase? Now would be a good opportunity to have some conversations with your Support Workers to make sure you’re both set up for success.

If you’re an independent Support Worker, the beginning of the financial year is always a good time to review your rates! Have a chat with your Participants and make sure your rates are good value while remaining competitive in the market.

Let’s dive into some of the key changes.

Key Points

Prices dependent on the Disability Support Worker Cost Model have been increased by 9%. 

The Level 1/Standard Weekday Support Worker day rate is $62.17 from 1 July. 

Support work prices for Level 3 High-Intensity supports no longer apply—there are now only two Support Worker levels: Standard and High Intensity. See the Support Worker Level Changes section for more details.

The Short Notice Cancellation has been changed from 48 hours to 7 days of clear notice. See the Short Notice Cancellation Period Extended section for more details.

Support Workers can now charge Provider Travel both from and back to their place of business when charging from Core supports, where the support item is eligible for Provider Travel. See the Provider Travel section for more details.

Support Worker Level Changes

There are now only two Support Worker levels: Standard and High Intensity. Previous Price Guides included support work prices for Level 3 High-Intensity supports.

A support is considered a High-Intensity support if it is a support provided to a participant:

Support Worker Rate Changes

Standard Rate

The Level 1/Standard Weekday Support Worker day rate is $62.17 from 1 July.

Additional Rate Details

Weekday Daytime$62.17
Weekday Evening$68.50
Saturday$87.51
Sunday$112.85
Public Holiday$138.20
Weekday Night$69.77
High Intensity - Weekday Daytime$67.28
High Intensity - Weekday Evening$74.14
High Intensity - Saturday$94.71
High Intensity - Sunday$122.14
High Intensity - Public Holiday$149.57
High Intensity - Weekday Night$75.51
Sleepover allowance$262.16

Provider Travel

Support Workers can now charge Provider Travel both from and back to their place of business when charging from Core Supports. Previously, billing for time and travel expenses for a return journey was only permissible when charging from Capacity Building support categories.

Short Notice Cancellation Period Extended

Short Notice Cancellation period has been extended to align with the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services (SCHADS) Industry Award. Previously set at 48 hours for shorter supports, it is now required to give 7 days of clear notice.

For detailed information, you can view the full 2022/23 NDIS Pricing Arrangements and Price Limits here.

Visit 5 Of Australia's Most Wheelchair-Accessible Cities

We’re always keen to see more of our own backyard, but if you’re a wheelchair user, travel can be tricky to plan if you don’t have the right info! Lucky for you, we’ve got your back, with 5 of the most wheelchair-accessible cities to visit in Australia.

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Melbourne

Melbourne is an awesome, vibrant city and definitely one of the most wheelchair-accessible cities in the world. Accessible public transit? Plenty of accessible activities? Sign us up!

Here are our top accessible things to do in Melbourne: 

Tip: You can also download a free access and mobility map that let you see ​​disabled parking spots, where the accessible toilets are, mobility recharging points, public seating and drinking fountains! It also points out the accessible train station entrances and tram and bus stops.

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Cairns

Cairns and Far North Queensland are tropical heavens with pristine beaches and rainforest sanctuaries just a stone's throw away. There are  a couple of nice accessible outdoor spots in the city: 

A little outside of Cairns, there are some great accessible walks too: 

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Perth

Perth is definitely one of the most stunning and wheelchair-accessible cities in Australia! So if you find yourself in WA, here are our top three accessible activities in the city and surrounds: 

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Sydney

We're so lucky that one of the most wheelchair-accessible cities in the world is also one of the most beautiful! Here some of the top wheelchair-friendly spots and activities in and around Sydney: 

Tip: this makes for an awesome pic opportunity at sunset. There are also several accessible toilets throughout the gardens.

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Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is also one of the most wheelchair-accessible cities, with plenty of fun spots to try out:

Enough dreaming! Get planning and book your next adventure. Which one of these spots is your next wheelchair-accessible adventure? Happy exploring.

3 Ways To Manage Your NDIS Funding - What’s Best For You?

The NDIS has three ways in which a Participant can manage their funding:

Self Management 

Plan Management

NDIA Management

When applying for NDIS funding, or completing a plan renewal process, you're able to request how you'd like NDIS funding to be managed. Ultimately, the NDIA will need to review and approve your request for either Self, Plan or NDIA Managed funding.

Let’s do a deep dive into the advantages and disadvantages of each type.

What Is Self-Management?

Self-managed NDIS funding means you are in control of your own NDIS funds.

You choose what supports you buy to help you achieve your goals and can creatively use your funds to meet your needs.

Tip: The NDIS self-management guide is updated regularly and helps people understand the benefits of self-management. It also outlines how to manage your funds effectively and the roles and responsibilities of self-management. Check it out here.

Advantages Of Self-Management

There are many advantages to self-management. Some of them include:

Disadvantages Of Self-Management

Here are some potential pitfalls of a self-management:

What Is Plan Management?

Plan-managed NDIS funding means you have a provider who supports you to manage your NDIS funds. You will choose a Plan Manager responsible for paying your providers and doing all the financial admin for you, so you don't have to! Plan management will still provide you with most of the choices of self-management, without all of the stress and added work.

Advantages Of Plan Management

There are a few advantages to using a Plan Manager to manage your NDIS plan. These include:

Plan Managed funding is an excellent way to prepare yourself for self-management.

Disadvantages Of Plan Management

The disadvantages of plan management include:

What Is NDIA Management?

With NDIA-managed funding –also referred to as an "agency-managed funds"–the NDIA will provide you with a list of local registered providers and guide you through available options that will allow you to track your spending.

Advantages Of NIDA (Agency) Management

Some of the advantages of choosing NDIA management include:

Disadvantages Of NDIA (Agency) Management

Some of the disadvantages of choosing NDIA management include:

How to Manage Your NDIS Funding?

It's a personal choice, but if you have the opportunity to secure a Plan Managed NDIS funding option it will give you the best of both worlds! This means you'll have more flexibility and options with the Service Providers you can use and equally, you'll have a partner in your Plan Manager to organise and pay your invoices.

Summary

Ultimately, the best way to manage your NDIS funding depends on what works best for you and your personal circumstances. Different Participants will need and prefer different approaches and preferences may change over time.

Make sure to consider how much responsibility you want to have over your funding before your first planning meeting or your next plan renewal meeting.