On 10 December, the National Disability Insurance Agency announced that it will implement a range of new pricing arrangements, in recognition that participants with more complex support needs require higher skilled staff to deliver some supports which incur higher costs for providers.
Recognising this, the current system - with two levels of price controls for assistance with self-care, social and recreational activities - will be replaced with three price levels linked to the skill level of the worker delivering the support. These new arrangements for complex support provision take effect on 1 February 2019.
The three levels of price controls incorporate:
- Level 1 – standard needs (as per 2018/19 price guide)
- Level 2 – complex needs (a 5.6% loading in alignment with current approach)
- Level 3 – very complex needs (new loading of 10.3%)
The new three-level system reflects the findings of the NDIA led pilot program on pricing for complexity that engaged providers from states and territories to identify the best approach to implementing change.