Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme(NDIS), Stuart Robert, has announced temporary changes to funding arrangements to allow NDIS participants in Victoria and New South Wales to claim the cost of personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks.
From 29 July 2020, NDIS participants who rely on face-to-face supports and assistance with their daily living will be able to use an existing support item (Low Cost Disability-Related Health Consumables) to claim the cost of PPE for the times their worker is with them.
Participants in Victoria and New South Wales can now recover the costs to purchase PPE items using their NDIS funds, if they;
- receive an average of at least one hour a day of face-to-face daily living supports, and
- live in Victoria or New South Wales.
The Minister also announced participants and providers can access additional cleaning supports if required to self-isolate or quarantine, and provider specific measures to ensure support workers have appropriate PPE when delivering NDIS services in Victoria or New South Wales.