We have recently updated the improving the NDIS pages on the NDIS website. This gives more information about how the proposed reforms work together and responds to some of the feedback received.
The Independent Advisory Council to the NDIS has convened consultation on independent assessments and other Scheme reforms. This includes engaging with state and territory disability advisory councils and disability representative organisations. More information.
Personalised budgets and participant journey maps
In early June, we released 3 information papers to explain the proposed personalised budget model in more detail including information in Easy Read.
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The guideline covers important information such as best practice in early childhood intervention and how families can get support.
Early childhood approach is the new name for the Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) approach, launched in 2016. The approach has not changed, just the name, and this is the first time we have had a guideline to explain our approach to supporting young children and their families.
We will update the guideline as we make improvements to the approach in response to feedback from our recent consultation.
Find out more about the new guideline on our website.
Provider addressing need for positive behaviour supports
Positive behaviour support (PBS) is a person-centred approach to understand and address someone’s behaviours of concern. This includes how others can best support a person with disability around that behaviour.
Supports may include behaviour assessments, behaviour support plans, training and plan implementation support for family and carers and monitoring and review activities.
‘It’s a very rewarding field and not as scary as it first seems’, says Sylvia Tran, a registered PBS proficient practitioner with more than 5 years’ experience (pictured above). ‘PBS takes a holistic approach with participants and their care team and we’re seeing excellent outcomes including a reduction in the need for restrictive practices.’
Sylvia is a psychologist and director of Just a Thought Allied Health, a registered NDIS provider in Victoria. ‘Regional areas in particular have a need for specialist positive behaviour support services as they don’t necessarily have the qualified and experienced staff. As a proficient practitioner, I can supervise and sign off on core practitioner PBS plans. This is the main area of our business growth.
‘While I’m Melbourne-based, I support regional practitioners through a hub and spoke model, where regional practitioners provide sub-contract services under our registration. We have an office in Bendigo, and I also visit the Gippsland region every 6 weeks in addition to other training and coaching with a particular focus on the practicalities of PBS within NDIS.
‘As part of the hub and spoke model, we also provide administrative support needed like uploading plans with restrictive practice to the NDIS Commission portal. This provides participants with a greater level of protection. States have their own requirements and we work closely with implementing providers as well as the Victorian Senior Practitioner.’
NDIS data shows that participants in some areas are not utilising their behaviour support funding because there are not enough practitioners or providers of behaviour support to meet demand.
You can add registration groups for all areas where you deliver supports, not just where your offices are located. This means participants searching for providers in their area are more likely to find you.
Early childhood assistive technology: request for information extended
We recently released a request for information (RFI) on assistive technology (AT) market solutions for young participants, including those with changing needs.
The deadline for responses has been extended to AEST 2 pm Tuesday 27 July 2021.
If you have knowledge, expertise or lived experience in providing AT supports for early childhood, we encourage you to respond to the RFI.
This will help shape our early childhood AT approach.
Help shape our policies on home and living, and support for decision making
Read the consultation papers and have your say on our proposed policies for home and living, and support for decision making. Feedback is due Friday 27 August. More information.
Australian workplace laws
The Fair Work Ombudsman is monitoring the healthcare and social assistance sector – which includes NDIS service providers – to ensure they comply with workplace laws and award conditions including:
Fair Work Act 2009
Fair Work Regulations 2009
Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Award 2010
Supported Employment Services Award 2020.
To find more information about employee entitlements and resources to help you manage a wide range of workplace obligations, visit the Fair Work website.
Provider events online
Register to join online events for providers including:
Working as an NDIS provider – information session for new providers introducing the myplace provider portal, service bookings, payment requests, Price Guide and more – Tuesday 27 July.
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