As of the 1st of July, the NDIA has brought in increases to some price arrangements and limits, increasing the maximum limit that can be charged for certain services and supports. This might seem alarming for participants and their families but please don’t stress!
All NDIS plans are indexed, which means that each year, additional funds are automatically added to your plan to account for price increases. You don't have to request this indexing; it happens automatically from the time the price increase takes effect. If your plan spans multiple years, each year will see an additional amount added to cover the increased prices. There's no need to create a new plan just to address price increases.
Have your providers increased their prices? If they have, reach out to them to discuss.
Some services and supports may increase their prices as of the 1st of July, but it’s important to remember not all will, and some may not be able to, based on signed service agreements.
The first thing you want to do is look at your service agreement. Does your provider say they will automatically increase prices to be aligned with the NDIS price arrangements? Reach out to your providers if they have increased their prices. Why have they done this? Did your signed service agreement indicate this was going to happen or not? All good providers should contact you if they have increased their prices regardless of what is in the service agreement. Open communication is so important between yourself and your service providers.
Not all services within the scheme have seen an increase to the maximum they can charge. Support Coordination, Plan Management and Therapy provider maximum prices all remain the same. Disability Support Worker-related Supports have been increased along with several other supports. Find all the details here, on the NDIS website.
If you have any questions about your providers and the prices they are charging, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the team for help. Call them today on 1300 467 284.