The 2018-19 NDIS Price Guide has been released, ahead of the 1 July start date.
The price guide sees a number of recommendations from McKinsey and Co’s Independent Pricing Review being implemented.
While these changes are welcome, the QAMH also understands many organisations continue to struggle with financial viability and solvency.
One key change in the price guide includes a temporary loading on standard attendant care prices of 2.5% in 2018-19 and 1.25% in 2019-20 to give providers temporary support for their overhead costs. The IPR recommended a temporary increase for one year, however the NDIA Board has partially extended the measure into the 2019-20 financial year.
Price limits for attendant care in 2018-19 also take full account of wage increases under the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award as well as the Equal Remuneration Order. This means price limits next financial year will increase by 7.6% for standard intensity attendant care supports (which are subject to the temporary loading), while high intensity attendant care supports will increase by 5.1%. The price for capacity-building supports will increase by 2.1%, reflecting the national Wage Price Index.
Other key changes outlined in the 2018-19 Price Guide include:
- Providers being able to charge up to 90% of the booking price for short-term cancellations, up to 12 times a year
- Providers can charge up to 45 minutes travel time in rural areas
- New price limits introduced for standard and high intensity community-based supports to allow for support ratios of 1:4 and 1:5
- A new price limit added for Short-Term Accommodation to allow for a 1:3 support ratio
- A $2 per hour increase for centre-based group supports
- A new Community Engagement Assistance item which aims to use a group approach to help participants achieve goals and make informed decisions.
Participant plans will be adjusted to match the indexation increases in price limits for supports to make sure participants maintain their purchasing power.
The NDIA has indicated other recommendations from the IPR are still being worked through, including those relating to complexity and therapy. These particular outcomes should be implemented by late 2018.
To find further information please see the 2018-19 NDIS Price Guide can be found here: https://www.ndis.gov.au/providers/pricing-and-payment