In this edition:
- Flexibility for low cost assistive technology
- Supported Independent Living - new support line items
- Access Request Form now online
- Be aware - COVID-19 scammers
- Webinar - Young people and children
- Frequently asked questions
- Participant spotlight
Flexibility for low cost assistive technology
We are temporarily broadening the flexible approach for low cost assistive technology (AT) items so participants can continue to receive NDIS funded supports and services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Participants can use their existing NDIS funding to purchase an item if it meets all of the criteria on the Assistive technology explained page on the NDIS website.
We recommend participants talk with their existing providers about the best way to receive services and supports while maintaining physical distancing – this might include using available technology, developing programs you can do at home, borrowing equipment or keeping in touch over the phone.
This is a time-limited policy, which will be in place until September 2020 and will be reviewed in July 2020.
Supported Independent Living - new support line items
Participants living in SIL arrangements are at higher health risk during the COVID-19 pandemic and providers are having to deliver additional care and support to residents if they are diagnosed with COVID-19.
To assist participants and providers during this time, we are introducing two new support items for cleaning services and higher intensity support to manage a range of potential situations.
SIL providers of participants diagnosed with COVID-19 will now be able to claim:
$300 for a one-off professional deep clean of a residence.
Up to $1,200 per day for higher intensity support including staffing increase, Personal Protective Equipment, professional laundering and any ancillary costs directly related to the participant’s diagnosis.