Extension of Coronavirus Supports ensuring access to NDIS
The Commonwealth Government has announced that temporary measures introduced earlier this year to ensure participants continue to access their essential disability supports during the COVID-19 pandemic will be extended.
Temporary measures that will be extended nationally until February 2021 include:
- eligible NDIS participants can use plan funding to purchase low cost Assistive Technology; including smart devices (up to $1,500);
- greater plan flexibility to ensure access to supports;
- deep cleaning of residences in the event a support worker returns a positive COVID-19 test;
- additional support, including a deep cleaning service, for participants who test positive for COVID-19 or who are required to isolate who live in a Support Independent Living (SIL) setting.
In states most affected by COVID-19 outbreaks, funding of personal protective equipment (PPE) for participants (up to $50 a week) and workers will also continue, with the ability to claim PPE in Victoria until at least the end of November and in New South Wales until the end of October.