You may have heard Bill Shorten, the minister for the NDIS announce an increase in price limits starting 1 July 2022. If you’re a participant you’re probably wondering, ‘what does the NDIS price increase mean to me?’
Why the increase?
There are a few reasons for the price increase such as:
- Changes to the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services (SCHADS) Industry Award conditions that will come into effect on 1 July 2022.
- Takes into account changes to costs to deliver support as a result of the ongoing impact of COVID-19
- The introduction of a minimum shift and broken shift allowance for workers
- To ensure prices are in line with the Fair Work Commission’s recent wage decision and the increase in the Superannuation Guarantee Charge.
- Enable providers to maintain NDIS quality and safeguards regulatory requirements. The NDIA recognises there are significant overhead costs incurred by registered providers of activities of daily living and community participation supports not previously taken into account.
What does this means for you?
This increase will certainly impact participants but it’s not all negative.
- All current NDIS plan budgets will automatically increase to account for the price limit changes.
- This additional support can allow providers to prioritise high quality support for participants
- The retain workers to reduce future cost by improving outcomes for participants
- The increases will better support participant outcomes and reduce workforce turnover by funding better conditions for NDIS workers.