Focus on the NDIS Workforce: Price Rises and Grant Opportunities
Scott Morrison, Robert De Luca (CEO NDIA) and Graeme Head (NDIS Commissioner) all walk in to a bar…
Ok so it doesn’t quite work like that but you could be mistaken for thinking a night on the gin and tonics has made for several positive outcomes for NDIS service providers and their workforce.
Just last week the Federal Government announced an increase to price limits for therapy, attendant care and community participation under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), effective 1 July 2019. The media release from the Assistance Minister noted these price increases will inject more than $850 million into the NDIS market in 2019-20, and the new prices include a minimum increase of almost $11 per hour for therapists and up to a 15.4 percent price increase to the base limit for attendant care and community participation.
At the same time the NDIS Commission released a grant opportunity that offers a funding pool of $5.6m in its first round (with more rounds to follow) to attract, retain and optimise the NDIS workforce as the market sets to more than double in the new few years.
The grant coupled with the price increase is definitely a positive step in the right direction to build the disability sector capacity and service provider readiness in the transition.