e-Blast:  New NDIS Option for Assistive Technology Support Under $5000

From October 2019, a new option for the funding and supply of nominated Assistive Technology (AT) supports between $1,500 to $5,000 was introduced. This funding option is limited to nine new general AT support items and will only be funded if items are deemed to be reasonable and necessary within a participants NDIS plan.

The key aspects of these changes are:

  • The current arrangements for low-cost AT (with funds in Consumable budget) remain with no changes.
  • Participants will be encouraged to obtain written assessment advice before proceeding to buy or source AT. This may prove helpful in the case of damaged, faulty or incorrectly prescribed AT needing to be returned under Australian Consumer Law.
  • Assessment advice does not need to be provided to the NDIA, however the NDIA recommends filing for future reference.
  • AT items that are not covered within the above funding ranges are out of scope, and likely to require an assessment and a single quote before they will be included in a participant’s plan.

The NDIA has recognised that some AT supports are relatively standard. With appropriate advice from an AT assessor, participants can now source items within the new support items using the funding within their plan. Items can then be purchased from the market without Agency review.

Click here for further information about these changes.

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