NDIS: Coming to QLD on 1 July 2016


Evolution is registered with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) as a Modifications Service Provider.  At this stage (May 2015), trial sites in QLD have not been started, however we are eagerly awaiting the launch in 2016.  On April 17 2015 at the COAG meeting, the QLD and Federal Governments came to an agreement in principal regarding the NDIS.

We are working to ensure that we are ready to deliver services upon commencement of the NDIS in Brisbane and other areas of QLD.

Consulting Services and Support Categories under the NDIS

  • Driving Assessments
  • Specialised driving training and testing
  • Disability Vehicle Modifications (Driver and Passenger) and Rehabilitation Engineering

Evolution works in partnership with a range of NDIS planners, Vehicle Modifiers and Driving Instructors:

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Evolution works in the following clusters of service:  Please note that the below information has been sourced from the NDIS trial sites in Victoria, NSW and ACT, and is not necessarily accurate for QLD.  The below information will be updated as it becomes available.  Correct as of 01/12/2014.  Source: http://www.ndis.gov.au/providers/pricing-and-payment 

Cluster: Specialised assessment of skills, abilities and needs

This cluster is the provision of specialised assessment where the participant may have complex or unclear needs or requires long term and/or intensive supports.

Support Items Support Item Ref No. Description UoM Quote Required Price
assessment of driving 02 001 Assessment, of ability to driving using adapted equipment or vehicle modification by a Driver Trained Occupational Therapist Hour N $168.26

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Cluster: Training for independence in travel and transport

Supports in this cluster focus on assisting the participant with specific skills development that will enhance the ability of the participant to travel and use public transport independently. This includes training in driving, using adapted equipment or vehicle modification.

specialised driving training and testing 28 003 Training provided by a Driver Trained Occupational Therapist in driving using adapted equipment, or extra tuition required due to a person’s disability. Hour N $168.26
Specialist driver training due to disability 28 004 Driving lessons required due to the impact of disability. This item should be in response to a driver trained specialist Occupational Therapist Assessment. Each Y

Cluster: Assistive technology specialist assessment, set up and training

This includes assistance to a participant by skilled personnel in aids or equipment assessment, set up and training.

driving modifications: recommendation and/or training 17 004 Recommendation of vehicle modifications and training in their use by a Driver Trained Occupational Therapist Hour N $168.26

 

Cluster: Vehicle modifications

Vehicle modifications include the installation of, or changes to, equipment in a vehicle to enable a participant to travel safely as a passenger or to drive.

Support Items Support Item Ref No. Description UoM Quote Required Price
adapt car self-drive electro mechanical 12 12 18 03 Costs related to installing self-drive equipment. Includes installation automated doors, wheelchair docking, adaptions to steering, brake, gears and installation of electro mechanical controls. Each Y
adapt vehicle chassis and body 12 12 27 00 Each Y
adapt vehicle self driver+ wheelchair 12 12 18 02 Remote access, basic self drive plus vehicle hoist/ lift/ramp plus restraints for wheelchair and person including floor lowering if required Each Y $30,000.00
adapted brake/parking brake 12 12 05 00 Each Y
adapted mirrors, door locks for car 12 12 08 00 Each Y
adapted seating in vehicles 12 12 12 00 Each Y
adapted steering system for car 12 12 07 00 Each Y
adaptions to control speed of car 12 12 04 00 Each Y
car modifications – self drive from driver seat 12 12 18 04 Includes spinners and accelerator control. Each Y
car mounted hoist for wheelchair or scooter 12 12 21 01 Electronic or mechanical hoist mounted to car to lift wheelchair or scooter for transport. Each Y
ramps to place wheelchair in vehicle without occupant 12 00 00 01 Each Y $770.00
rental of adapted vehicle 10 002 Each Y
repair vehicle modification 50 12 12 21 Repairs to specialist vehicle hoists, tie downs, driving adaptions Each Y $250.00
seat belts/harnesses for vehicles 12 12 09 00 Each Y $675.00
specialised child car seats 12 10 00 00 Each Y $850.00
tie downs for vehicle 12 12 24 01 system to hold a wheelchair safely and steady whilst in transit- not for restraining the occupant Each Y $650.00
trailers to carry wheelchairs 12 12 30 00 Each Y
vehicle adaption for wheelchair passenger 12 12 18 00 Hoist/ lift/ramp plus restraints for wheelchair and person including floor lowering if required Each Y $12,000.00
vehicle hoists person only 12 12 15 00 Each Y $3,500.00
vehicle related equipment delivery to a participant 71 12 12 21 Each N $50.00
wheelchair-based restraint system 12 24 30 00 Each Y

 

Info: Definition of terms

This price list includes the following terms:

Term Definition
Support Item Ref No This is the unique number that NDIA assigns to a particular support.  In the case of some support items, for example assistive technology, the support item reference number includes the relevant code from ISO 9999.
UoM (Unit of Measure) This indicates what the price covers e.g. per hour, per day, or each for goods.
Quote Where Support Items cost $500 or less, a verbal or published price is enough.For Support Items that cost between $500 and $10,000, an email outlining the cost is required.For Support Items that will cost more than $10,000, a detailed written quote is necessary. In the latter case, competitive quotes will be sought form 2 or more suppliers.
Price The Agency provides guidance on the price to be paid for each support item. For some items, such as personal care and community access, the price indicates the maximum that the Agency will pay for that item. For other items a quote is required and this is indicated in the “quote” column.

 

Principles in relation to pricing

The National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 states that a funded support must represent “value for money in that the costs of the support are reasonable, relative to both the benefits achieved and the cost of alternative support” (Section 34 (c)).

All supports funded by the NDIS are expected to assist the participant to attain their goals. When a participant’s plan is reviewed, the planner will consider whether there is evidence that a support has helped the participant to achieve measurable outcomes. Additional funding for continued supports will not be provided by the NDIS if there is no evidence that the support is helping to achieve these outcomes.

The NDIA sets the value for funded supports in participant packages. At present it also limits the price a provider may charge to that value. The NDIA will continue striving to increase flexibility for participants by encouraging vibrant and responsive markets for disability supports. The more the market for disability supports matures, the more choice participants will have over how they spend their individualised budget, consistent with the vision of the Productivity Commission.

The NDIA has set these support item prices believing they are similar to prices of equivalent supports in comparable schemes existing in trial site markets. This ensures that the NDIA does not compete with other purchasers, avoiding inadvertent market disruption. However, concerns have been raised by the NDS over hourly rates for two of the highest-volume supports – assistance with self-care activities and assistance to access the community. NDS is concerned that pricing support below the real cost of delivery will reduce choice of the available providers for participants and lower service quality.

The NDIA and NDS agreed to a six-week joint project to examine these concerns and recommend solutions, forming the Pricing Joint Working Group.

The Final Report of the Pricing Working Group is now available.

The NDIA has also released the methodology for developing the efficient price of two of the highest volume supports – assistance with self-care and community participation.

NDIA held a webinar about the 2014 price changes and you can view 13 video segments of questions and answers.

GST

Most items are GST exempt, as per Australian Tax Office information about GST and NDIS and the application of section 38-38 of the GST Act. For a small number of items, where GST is applicable (for example delivery fees and taxi fares) the price is inclusive of GST.

Provider travel funding information

As part of the changes introduced with the new prices for assistance with self-care activities and assistance to access the community released at the end of June 2014, provider travel to deliver these services has been simplified and clarified. This is the result of the joint working group between NDIA and National Disability Services (NDS), the peak body for not-for-profit providers. Read about provider travel funding.

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