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People with disability wanted to host NDIS info sessions

22 January 2021

Are you a person with disability?

Do you have experience hosting information sessions and workshops?

Do you have an excellent understanding of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)?

Register your interest with AFDO before 5pm on Friday February 26 for your chance to join a national team of NDIS workshop facilitators and help people all over Australia get the most from their NDIS plans.

Consultation Papers – Have your say!

26 November 2020

Also this week, the Agency released a media release, along with three consultation papers. It’s important that people with disability and their families/carers, along with the wider disability sector has a say on these papers. 

You can have your say on these papers by making a submission in writing, by audio or video.  Submissions close at 10.00am (ADST) on Tuesday 23rd February 2021.

NDIS Reforms and Information Paper

25 November 2020

In August, the Minister for the NDIS, Stuart Robert announced significant reforms to the NDIS, including the use of Independent Assessments for new and existing NDIS participants to be paid for by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). ​

This week, the Minister announced that the legislation to introduce the new Independent Assessments has been delayed.  The draft legislation will now be released for consultation, with the legislation expected to be passed by 1st July next year.  The Minister also released an Information Paper on these reforms.


NDIA Announces Increased Price Limits

18 November 2020

The NDIA has announced another update to the Price Guide. But don’t worry as this is good news as it includes a set of modest price increases. So what’s changed?


From 1st December 2020, price limits on a wide range of supports will increase in line with the final adjustment of the Equal Remuneration Order (ERO), including:
  • Assistance with Self Care Activities 
  • Assistance in SIL
  • Establishment fees for personal care/participation
  • Short Term Accommodation (STA) incl. Respite 
  • Social, Community & Rec Access 
  • Group Activities 
  • Supports in Employment 
  • Support Connection 
  • Psychosocial Recovery Coaching 
  • Skills development, training in plan management and travel training 
  • Training for carers/parents

More news on Independent Assessments

1 October 2020

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has released some more information this week about the introduction of compulsory Independent Assessments.

They have released some information on the first trial, and some short information about six of the tools that will be used during the assessments.

Virtual Information Sessions for Victoria and Tasmania

11 September 2020

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) would like to invite Victorian and Tasmanian participants, families, carers, people with a disability, and the disability community to attend a session about recent NDIS announcements and updates.

Virtual Information Sessions held via Microsoft Teams. Details on how to join the session and the meeting link will be emailed to registered attendees two business days prior to the session date.
Dates and Times 
  • Monday 21 September 2020 1:30pm – 3:00pm (AEST)
  • Tuesday 22 September 2020 1:30pm – 3:00pm (AEST)
  • Wednesday 23 September 2020 7:00pm-8:30pm (AEST)
  • Thursday 24 September 2020 10.30am – 12.00pm (AEST)

Government response to the Tune Review

31 August 2020

Last week, the NDIS Minister, Stuart Robert released the Government’s response to the Tune review, which was held last year.

The Tune Review included a lot of very sensible and practical recommendations such as explaining things in simple and clear language, greater flexibility in how you can use your NDIS funds, and outreach and support for people who are really missing out – like First Nations people with disability or people from a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) background.

The Government has said that they accept all the recommendations and will work over the next six months in close collaboration with people with disability and the disability sector to implement these reforms, including consultation on any legislative changes required.

Vic and NSW Providers to directly claim costs of PPE

22 August 2020

The NDIS Minister has announced temporary changes to allow NDIS providers in Victoria and New South Wales to directly claim the costs of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from the NDIA.

These changes will see providers able to claim an allowance of $1.70 per hour of support delivered in the Activities of Daily Life Support Category, to cover the cost of PPE.

NDIS update for Queensland

22 August 2020

NDIS participants and providers in "restricted" areas in Queensland can now claim for personal protective equipment (PPE) - following the same recent changes for Vic and NSW.

Purchasing personal protective equipment (PPE)

13 August 2020

Temporary changes to funding arrangements for PPE have been made to better support participants during the extended COVID-19 pandemic.

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