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Automatic extensions? Not quite, NDIA’s plans for upcoming review period revealed

14 Apr 2021

The NDIA has released more detailed information surrounding automatic plan extensions this week, including some eligibility guidelines, and a clearer definition of what an “automatic” plan extension is.

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UPDATED: Changes to COVID-19-related Measures from February 28

25 Feb 2021

Update:

In positive news, the NDIA has advised that Support Coordination will remain claimable from Core until the end of March. The agency says this extension of this flexibility will allow time for participants to transition to alternative support arrangements.  

Original article:

The NDIA has today announced several changes to COVID-19-related measures, including: 

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UPDATED: Support Coordination from Core Ends Feb 28

25 Feb 2021

Update:

In positive news, the NDIA has advised that Support Coordination will remain claimable from Core until the end of March. The agency says this extension of this flexibility will allow time for participants to transition to alternative support arrangements.  

Original article:

Contrary to its previous position on the matter, the NDIA has today advised that Support Coordination will no longer be claimable from Core after February 28. 

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3, 2, 1, done! Access IDEAL turnaround times for NDIS plan Management in 2021

04 Jan 2021



Your time is valuable, so we’ll cut to the chase: 
 

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Did you know the NDIS Price Guide recently had an update? 

15 Dec 2020

 

This included increased price limits for 369 support items and a simple new ‘yes or no’ checklist in the support catalogue to determine whether supports are eligible for: non-face-to-face support provision, provider travel, short notice cancellation, NDIA requested reports, irregular Supported Independent Living (SIL) supports. 

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How to make the most of your NDIS Plan

01 Dec 2020

What is budget flexibility?   Every NDIS plan is made up of 3 support categories: Core, Capital, and Capacity Building. Products and services are claimed from one of these support categories, but some services can now be claimed from multiple categories, after changes introduce by the NDIA last year. This means participants can use their funding more flexibly and get better utility of their funding.  Using these 3 budget categories flexibly affords participants more choice and control – an outcome that is at the heart of our mission at IDEAL. Read more

COVID-19 NDIS Measures

20 Nov 2020

As we approach the end of the year, COVID-19 is still changing the way we interact and engage services.  

As such, the NDIA continues to allow measures introduced earlier in the year to help participants access products, services, and plan budgets in an increasingly flexible manner.  

At IDEAL Plan Management, we believe in sharing knowledge to facilitate choice and control for participants, so we have put together this helpful visual guide to keep up to date on the NDIS COVID-19 measures available: 

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Disability Related Health Supports 

16 Nov 2020


NDIS Plans can be used to fund disability-related health supports where they directly relate to a participant’s significant and permanent functional impairment and will assist the participant to undertake activities of daily living, as outlined in the NDIS Price Guide.  

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Plan Management Principles: How IDEAL Exceeds the Expectations

13 Oct 2020

As one of Australia’s leading plan managers, we support these principles and the high standards they set out for the industry – all of which we have been dedicated to upholding since our inception in 2016.

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Additional PPE allowance for providers in VIC & NSW announced today

21 Aug 2020

Providers required to use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in New South Wales and Victoria can now claim an extra $1.70 for every hour of daily living support delivered, with the allowance coming directly from the NDIA, rather than from a participant's budget. 


The temporary allowance comes in addition to the earlier introduction of PPE support items, so providers can continue claiming for PPE costs through the Price Guide in agreement with participants.

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July 1st 2020 New NDIS and Pocket-Sized Price Guide

07 Jul 2020

The NDIS has a new price guide from 1 July 2020.

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NDIS Update on COVID-19 measures

17 Jun 2020

The Minister from the NDIS announced on the 12th June 2020 the first stages of a post-coronavirus NDIS, following a review of temporary measures to support participants and disability providers during the pandemic.

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NDIS funding to purchase tablets, smartphones or fitness equipment

30 Apr 2020

The NDIA has temporarily allowed extra flexibility for NDIS participants to purchase low-cost Assistive Technology.  As an NDIS participant, you can now use your NDIS consumables or core funding to buy smart devices and fitness equipment, in consultation with your support providers.

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COVID-19 Pocket-Sized Price Guide

New COVID-19 Pocket-Sized Price Guide

21 Apr 2020

IDEAL Plan Management's new Pocket-sized price guides have implemented the COVID-19 measures introduced in the NDIS Support Catalogue version 2.2.1.

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Support Coordination can now be claimed from Core

Support Coordination can now be claimed from Core

20 Apr 2020

NDIS participants impacted by COVID-19 may need additional support coordination. Support coordinators can now access core funding according to the latest announcement from the NDIA.

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COVID-19 Support Update

06 Apr 2020

New NDIS rules have been introduced to help service providers from 25 March. These rules may impact you as an NDIS participant, or your clients if you support anyone with an NDIS plan. NDIS participants impacted by COVID-19 may need additional support coordination. Support coordinators can now access core funding according to the latest announcement from the NDIA.

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Transport update

03 Feb 2020

On 3rd February 2020, the Minister for the NDIS, Stuart Robert, announced that from 1st March 2020, Core Support funding could be used to claim for transportation to and from NDIS funded community-based activities. This is in addition to the time of the support worker, for which they can already claim.

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New Pocket Price Guide

01 Dec 2019

The NDIA has released a revised 2019-2020 NDIS Price Guide.

A few changes have been implemented that will be effective 1st of December 2019, including an additional 6 areas reclassified as remote, new price limits to Short Term Accommodation, and the introduction of Medium Term Accommodation and new supports items for Dietitians.

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Pocket Price Guide

28 Jun 2019

The NDIA has launched the new NDIS price guide for 2019-2020

IDEAL Plan Management is back with the updated pocket-sized NDIS price guide.

These pocket-sized price guides are perfect for carrying around so that you can quickly and easily find out the updated unit price for various supports and services under the NDIS.

Contact us and we would be more than happy to send you some of the price guides!

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