The Independent Pricing Review undertaken by McKinsey & Company has been released. The report made 25 recommendations all of which have been accepted by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). 

Jobs Australia, along with most employers in the sector, National Disability Services (NDS), unions and academic researchers, has been concerned for a long time that NDIS prices are inadequate to cover real labour costs and infrastructure for most established providers.   

Key recommendations made by the Independent Pricing Review include:

  • Adding a third tier to the complexity loading to account for higher level skills or experience of workers and additional training required;
  • Allowing providers to charge up to 45 minutes of travel time in rural areas;
  • Allowing providers to quote on the delivery of services in isolated regions;
  • Changing the cancellation policy to allow providers to recover 90% of their costs if a cancellation is made after 3pm on the day before the service;
  • Removing the annual $1000 travel cap for therapy supports and aligning the travel policy with the attendant care travel policy;
  • Changing therapy prices to better reflect different therapy types, and introducing a second tier of pricing for therapy assistants;
  • Introducing temporary overhead assistance equivalent to a 2% to 3% loading on the price for providers delivering attendant care for the next 12 months.
  • Other recommendations relate to price limits, interventions to address specific market challenges, and improvements in market monitoring and engagement..

To find out more go to the NDIS website.

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