News in brief
NAIDOC week 4–11 July
NAIDOC week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The NAIDOC 2021 theme – Heal Country! – calls for stronger measures to recognise, protect, and maintain all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage.
Visit the NDIS website for some stories from NDIS participants.
The NAIDOC website has an event calendar, event planning ideas and a poster to print and display. Share activities on social media using #NAIDOC2021 #NAIDOCWeek or #NAIDOC.
NDIS financial sustainability update
We recently released an interim update to the NDIS Annual Financial Sustainability Report summary.
This gives more insight into affordability challenges including projected Scheme costs.
The NDIA is committed to ensuring continued sustainable growth of the Scheme so that it is available for current and new participants for years to come. Read the update.
Reports on participant experience
Two detailed reports are now available on our website about the experiences of:
These reports may help providers understand how to work best with participants to use their NDIS plans.
We regularly release information about the Scheme on the NDIS Data and Insights website. This website allows you to explore and customise NDIS data.
Provider finder tool on NDIS website
We have recently added an interactive provider finder to the NDIS website to help participants connect with registered providers.
The provider finder will still be available through the myplace participant portal.
Make sure you have listed all your service area locations, known as ‘outlets’ in the NDIS Commission Portal.
You can add registration groups for all areas where you deliver supports, not just where your offices are located. This means participants searching for providers in their area are more likely to find you.
To add or manage service areas use this quick reference guide on the NDIS Commission website.
Do not post invoices to the NDIA
Please do not send us invoices to the GPO box as these will not be reviewed in a timely manner.
If necessary, providers can submit invoices as part of a payment enquiry in the myplace provider portal.
We will request invoices if they are needed to support any manual payments or for compliance.
Independent assessment pilot update
We have released the interim evaluation of the second independent assessment pilot.
This has feedback from NDIS participants who opted to take part in the second independent assessment pilot.
Although the pilot has now closed, we are continuing to offer NDIS participants the chance to complete a voluntary independent assessment.
Choosing to have a voluntary independent assessment will not change current or future plans. It will not be shared with anyone unless participants choose to share it.
For more information visit the NDIS website:
Early childhood assistive technology: request for information extended
We recently released a request for information (RFI) on assistive technology (AT) market solutions for young participants, including those with changing needs.
The deadline for responses has been extended to AEST 2 pm Tuesday 27 July 2021.
If you have knowledge, expertise or lived experience in providing AT supports for early childhood, we encourage you to respond to the RFI.
This will help shape our early childhood AT approach.
Find more information on the NDIS website.
Help shape our policies on home and living, and support for decision making
Read the consultation papers and have your say on our proposed policies for home and living, and support for decision making. Feedback is due Friday 27 August. More information.
Australian workplace laws
The Fair Work Ombudsman is monitoring the healthcare and social assistance sector – which includes NDIS service providers – to ensure they comply with workplace laws and award conditions including:
- Fair Work Act 2009
- Fair Work Regulations 2009
- Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Award 2010
- Supported Employment Services Award 2020.
To find more information about employee entitlements and resources to help you manage a wide range of workplace obligations, visit the Fair Work website.
Provider events online
Register to join online events for providers including:
- Working as an NDIS provider – information session for new providers introducing the myplace provider portal, service bookings, payment requests, Price Guide and more – Tuesday 27 July.