Instacare NDIS Price Guide – 2020

NDIS Plan Maneger

NDIS have recently released their Price Guide for the 2020/2021 financial year where price limits have changed and may affect your supports and how much we can pay for your services.

New price limits are applicable for services provided after July 1st 2020, these rates are the maximum rates that can be paid under NDIS.

NDIS will also index all participants budgets to accommodate for the price increases, this means that all service bookings will be manually updated over the coming weeks by the Instacare Team and your budgets may increase.

You may wish to discuss the price increases with your service providers, as new service agreements may be required to allow for additional funding.

The price guide, contains several changes that may impact your supports, please see the below brief outline of the changes:

Temporary COVID-19 price increase of 10% has now been removed

Any services provided on/after July 1st 2020, will not be applicable for the 10% COVID-19 loading and will need to be paid in line with the current 2020/21 support catalogue pricing. Any eligible services between March 25th 2020 and June 30th 2020 may still charge the 10% loading.

Electronic Devices to assist through COVID-19

No changes have been made to the guidelines surrounding devices, however, these guidelines have only been put in place temporarily until 30th September 2020.

Temporary Transformation Payments

Some registered providers charge an additional loading, previously the loading was 7.5% and has now dropped to 6% loading.

Cancellation Rates

New cancellation rules were put in place during COVID-19 and they are here to stay. Participants are required to give 2 business day’s notice for cancellation, if not 100% of the service fee may be charged. It may also be worth checking your service agreement with providers regarding cancellation fees and timeframes.

Establishment Fees

More registered providers are now able to charge a once off establishment fees, when signing a service agreement with a new provider. The fee is calculated at up to 10 times the weekday hourly rate. Registered providers can only charge an establishment fee if they are providing 20 hours or more of service for at least 3 consecutive months. Providers in the below registration groups are eligible to charge an Establishment fee:

Psychosocial Recovery Coach

A new area within Support Coordination has been introduced to assist participants with a psychosocial/mental health disability. A Psychosocial Recovery Coach will assist participants to live a full life and tackle the challenges of day to day living. As this is a new support by NDIS, it may take some time for it to be put in place, as only plans generated after July 1st 2020 may have this line item available. If this is something you feel would benefit you or your participant, we encourage you to contact the LAC or NDIS Planner for further information and possible plan review to include the adequate funding.

Supports in Employment

New line items have been introduced through core supports to assist participants to engage with employment. These supports can be provided one on one or in a group setting depending on the employment and the employment goals and needs of the participant.

Supported Independent Living (SIL)

SIL will no longer be based on quotes and negotiations, now there will be set price limits in place. If a participant has an existing SIL arrangement, that will continue until the end of the agreement, then new limits will apply. NDIA are still reviewing SIL prices and are anticipated to be released in an updated price guide in late 2020.

Individualised Living Options (ILO)

More information is due to be released by NDIS about the 2 new line items through Core Supports that have been designed to assist participants and give access to alternative living arrangements. Employee