Temporary changes in NDIS funding guidelines – Victoria and NSW

On 29 July, the NDIA announced new supports for funding PPE for particular participants and providers in NSW and Victoria.

Read the Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme media release announcing these temporary changes.

For participants

See the latest advice from NDIS.

“To better support NDIS participants during the extended coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we have made a temporary change to funding arrangements for personal protective equipment (PPE).

These changes apply where coronavirus (COVID-19) is active your community, and the use of PPE is consistent with current health advice.

You can now recover the costs to purchase PPE items using your NDIS funds, if you;

  • 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.

If a participant’s NDIS funds are plan or Agency-managed, they can purchase PPE through registered providers. Self-managed participants can choose where they purchase PPE and record and claim their purchases as per the usual process.

If you need PPE items like face masks, face shields and gloves, and the use of these items is directly related to your face-to-face daily living supports, you can use your core supports budget to purchase these items.

If you need to purchase face coverings or masks for use outside the home, this is still an everyday expense, and you cannot use your NDIS funds to pay for them. Hand sanitiser continues to be a personal expense.”

Budgets will not be increased to cover the cost of these items.

For providers

See the latest advice from NDIS

Some “providers will be able to claim against the PPE support line item, when delivering face-to-face assistance with daily living supports in New South Wales and Victoria.

In order to claim, providers:

  • must incur the expense and have provided the support workers with PPE
  • must be delivering a support in the Assistance with Daily Life support category
  • require agreement from the participant to use and charge for PPE.

The new support items will be included in the following registration groups:

  • 0104 High Intensity Daily Personal Activities
  • 0107 Daily Personal Activities
  • 0115 Assistance with Daily Life Tasks in a Group or Shared Living Arrangement.

An updated NDIS Price Guide and Support Catalogue with the new line items will be available on the website in coming days and providers will be advised.

Providers are able to claim for PPE for supports delivered from Wednesday 29 July 2020. Payment claims can only be processed from Friday 31 July, to allow time for the system to be updated.”

Please note that early childhood supports and therapeutic supports do not come under any of these items, therefore the cost of PPE will not be able to be claimed by providers offering these therapy based supports.