Temporary measures introduced to the NDIS earlier allowing participant access to essential disability supports during Covid-19 have been extended nationally until February 2021.
- Eligible NDIS participants able to use plan funding to purchase low-cost Assistive Technology, including smart devices up to $1500;
- Greater plan flexibility to ensure access to supports;
- Deep cleaning of residences should a support worker returns a positive Covid-19 test;
- Additional support, including a deep cleaning service, for participants who test positive for Covid-19 required to isolate or living in a Supported Independent Living setting;
- Continuation of a clinical first response in Victoria through Aspen Medical for any identified outbreak, to ensure that infection control procedures, personal protective equipment (PPE) and nursing support is in place for residents and workers, if needed;
- Funding of PPE for participants, up to $50 a week and workers will also continue in Victoria until the end of November and in NSW until the end of October.
NDIS Minister Stuart Robert said as the pandemic evolves, the National Disability Insurance Agency and the government will continue to review the temporary measures.
Given the number of positive cases for NDIS participants and NDIS workforce have significantly reduced to five or less in both categories nationwide there will no longer be daily publication of figures.
For more information on the NDIS response to coronavirus visit: www.ndis.gov.au.
NDIS participants with questions or whose circumstances have changed can contact the NDIA on: 1800 800 110. NDIS providers with enquiries about safe supports and services deliveries to NDIS participants during the pandemic can contact the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission on:1800 035 544.