Each July, the NDIS pricing guide – now known as the ‘NDIS Pricing Arrangements and Price Limitations’ – is released for the year ahead. This year there are few variations other than the usual small price adjustments – however, there a few key funding changes.
Earlier this year, the Fair Work commission increased the minimum wage by 2.5%, which will impact on most disability workers as they are paid award rates. For those who are paid above award this will not affect your pay.
In addition to the minimum wage rise, employers are also required to increase superannuation contributions for employees from 9.5% to 10%. To accommodate these increases, the base price limits for supports delivered by disability support workers was increased by 2.95% on 1 July 2021.
Other changes include an increase by 1.1% in price limits for specialist disability accommodation based on the change in the consumer price index. The Temporary Transformation Payment loading has been reduced from 6% to 4.5%, as previously announced. Lastly, providers will be able to use the transitional pricing arrangements for group-based supports for a further 12 months.
However, the NDIS has stated that funds in existing participant plans will not be adjusted on 1 July for the changes in price limits. Instead, their data shows most participants will be able to continue to purchase the supports they need from their existing plan funds and will not be affected by changes to price limits.