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NDIS participant funding decision rejected by peak body

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has announced that previous advice about NDIS participant funding, that included a 7.5 per cent loading as a Temporary Transformation Payment (TTP), will no longer apply. The plans would have assisted providers transform their business to operate in a competitive market.

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National Disability Services (NDS) acting CEO, David Moody has called for the decision, which would have allowed providers to charge higher prices, to be overturned as it pits participants against their providers.

“In order for providers to charge at the TTP-included rates, an NDIS participant has to agree to a reduction in their hours of service. Funding in a participant’s plan is based on what is deemed reasonable and necessary support. The NDIA is now indicating that a participant should give up some hours of that reasonable and necessary support so providers can claim at the TTP inclusive rates required to ensure their services remain viable, which the NDIA is encouraging providers to do.”

Moody said if the decision is not rectified it will create confusion and conflict between people with disability who simply want access to quality disability services, and the providers responsible for providing them.

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“NDIS participants should not be placed in the unfair position of having to negotiate fewer hours of service in their plans in order to use the services of a provider doing as the NDIA urges by charging at TTP-included prices,” he said.

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