Changes to transport funding in NDIS plans
NDIS Minister, Stuart Roberts MP has made an announcement today about NDIS plans and transport.
The Minister has announced that NDIS participants will be able to use their core funds to pay service providers for transport from 1 March 2020. This means:
- NDIS participants will be able to flexibly use their plan’s core support funding to claim service provider costs associated with transporting participants to and from NDIS funded community-based activities.
- Providers will be able to claim some of their vehicle running costs when offering transport to a participant in conjunction with the community activities identified in their NDIS plan. These costs – which are in addition to the support worker’s time – are factored at a per kilometre rate and can be claimed by providers as a separate item as part of the support they are delivering to participants.
- An updated price guide will be released soon with line items and amounts.
QDN welcomes this step that gives NDIS Participants more choice and control over how they use their plans. It is important that participants are funded adequately to meet their transport needs and this doesn’t come at the expense of core supports. QDN members have been telling us that more changes are needed to fix the NDIS’ transport funding issues and QDN looks forward to the Government’s work to continue to progress these reforms that are much needed. We will keep you updated as more details are released, but in the meantime, you can check out the Minister’s statement on the changes here: https://tinyurl.com/wvuck6b