NDIS and Aged Care NEWS

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The NDIS Price Guide and Support Catalogue 2019–20 came into effect yesterday 1/7/19 and price changes are now live in the NDIS payment system.

The NDIA would like to note that there are several important updates since the release of earlier versions of these documents, of which NDIS providers, participants and their families and carers should be aware. These are:

  • Community and Centre Based will continue to include a non-face-to-face component in the support price. Providers therefore cannot make any additional or separate claims for non-face-to-face activities linked to these supports.
  • Providers delivering capacity-building supports are able to claim return travel from the last participant to their usual place of work up to a maximum of 30 minutes within city areas and 60 minutes in regional areas, based on the location of the participant.
  • Section two of the Assistive Technology (AT) and Consumables Code Guide has been updated to address how to apply low cost AT and repairs and maintenance.
  • Providers of school leaver employment supports are now able to claim for NDIA report writing.
  • Further clarity on support coordination, finding and keeping a job, definition of ‘states’ examples to help explain travel and cancellations.

Review the NDIA’s annual price review page for an outline of all up-to-date changes to 2019-20 prices and to access links to the NDIS Price Guide 2019–20 and NDIS Support Catalogue 2019–20.

Providers and participants must agree on any proposed changes before any changes can be implemented.

Refer to the NDIS Price Guide and Support Catalogue 2019–20 for further information.

 

WORKER SCREENING for NDIS

The new worker screening for NDIS will not be commencing 1 July 2019 as expected and is now anticipated to start transitioning in 2020.

Existing state or territory worker screening or police check requirements remain in place, until further notice.

The NDIS Commission will provide some communication via their website in the next day or so.

Aged Care

1st July 2019 has seen the implementation of the new national Aged Care Quality Standards which apply to all aged care settings including residential and in-home aged care services.

The new standards complement the single Charter of Aged Care Rights, which also comes into effect from 1st July 2019 to support the rights of all people receiving aged care services.

The new standards and single charter cover all aged care services including residential services, home care, short-term restorative care, the Commonwealth Home Support Program and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program.

The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission begins monitoring and assessing provider performance against the Aged Care Quality Standards from 1 July 2019.

Information on the new standards and copies of the charter are available on the Commission website www.agedcarequality.gov.au.

The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission have some great provider resources, including videos, posters, fact sheets, self-assessment tool and templates.

Visit their resource library:

https://www.agedcarequality.gov.au/resource-library?resources%5B0%5D=topics%3A211

We are pleased to see that ACIS (Australian Community Industry Standards) approved Providers will be well placed for the transition to the new standards.

If you would like to discuss your compliance requirements, acia provides a free Members Only Advice Line and also provides for low cost, consultation or gap analysis support to ANY PROVIDER needing quality support in the community services sector.

Contact acia today to see how we can support you.


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