From 1 July 2022, price limits for all NDIS supports delivered by disability support workers will increase by 9 per cent, including a 2 per cent temporary loading in 2022-23, and all current NDIS plan budgets will be automatically increased to account for these price limit changes.
Previously known as the NDIS Price Guide, the NDIS Pricing Arrangements and Price Limits for 2022-23 document published by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) outlines pricing rules and maximum prices for supports. The price list is reviewed and published annually to assist NDIS participants and disability support providers.
9% price limit increase for support work
Among the changes introduced for 2022-23 include a 9% price limit increase for all NDIS supports delivered by disability support workers.
The price limit increase takes into account cost pressures on providers to deliver supports, such as:
- Costs associated with managing the impact of COVID-19
- New provisions in the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry (SCHADS) Award, including changes in minimum payments (read our update here)
The 9% price limit increase includes:
- 1.7% increase to base prices
- 2% temporary loading, reviewed annually
- 4.6% increase in award minimum wages
- 0.5% increase to superannuation guarantee charge
As mentioned above, all current NDIS plan budgets will be automatically increased in line with the price limit changes.
High Intensity support changes
While previous NDIS price lists include pricing for Level 3 High Intensity supports, the 2022-23 price list includes just two: standard price and a “high intensity” price, defined as support provided to a person:
- who needs frequent (at least one instance per shift) assistance to manage challenging behaviours that require intensive positive behaviour support, and/or
- who has support needs that require the skills described by the NDIS Commission as “High Intensity Daily Personal Activities”
Support Coordination and Plan Management to remain at 2021 price levels
There will be no changes to the current price limits for Levels 2 and 3 of Support Coordination services. (Find out more about Support Coordination Levels in our guide.)
One exception is Level 1: Support Connection, which is governed by the disability support worker cost model and therefore will incur the price limit increase.
Price limits for plan management fees will be maintained at the 2021 price limits as well, while the NDIA conducts further in-depth reviews.
The price limits for nursing supports will be indexed in line with the Wage Price Index and Consumer Price Index.
Pricing arrangements for provider travel will now be the same for both providers of core supports to participants in remote and very remote areas, as for providers of capacity building supports.
Providers of core supports will also be able to claim for return travel in certain circumstances, e.g. if the participant consents and the worker is paid by the provider for the return trip. The maximum time billable per trip is 30 minutes or 60 minutes depending on the remoteness of the area.
Short notice cancellations increased to seven days
Previously set at two days for shorter supports and five days for others, “short notice cancellations” are now defined as a situation where the participant:
- Does not show up for a scheduled support within a reasonable time, or is not present at the agreed place and within a reasonable time when the provider is travelling to deliver the support; or
- Has given less than seven (7) clear days’ notice for a support
Whilst the NDIA is recommending seven clear days’ notice of cancellation, Afea will keep our cancellation policy unchanged where you can continue to provide 24 hours’ notice if you wish to cancel a service.
Temporary Transformation Payment down to 3%
Temporary Transformation Payment or TTP is percentage loading on top of the current price control limit. In the 2022-23 NDIS Pricing Arrangements and Price Limits, TTP has gone down from 4.5% to 3% on top of the maximum price per hour. Read our update regarding Afea’s TTP pricing.
In accordance with our clients’ Services Agreement, Afea Care Services will be charging based on the price limits specified in the updated NDIS Pricing Arrangements and Price Limits, which will come into effect on 1 July 2022. You can view our simplified price guide below.
For more information about the new price limits, visit the NDIS website.
If you have questions about this update, or would like to know more about our disability care services, please feel free to reach out to our team!