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How Will The New 2022 NDIS Price Guide Changes Affect You?

Sissy Qin

Written on 6 July, 2021
Previously known as the NDIS Price Guide, the NDIS Price Arrangements and Price Limits regulates the funds given to disability support workers and participants to ensure they receive the adequate support they need and deserve.

These Pricing Arrangements and Price Limits (NDIS Price Guide) are updated annually at the beginning of July, the start of the new financial year, and are determined by the NDIS Disability Support Worker Cost Model.

This year’s pricing changes were announced on 2 July 2021, and are effective from 1 July 2021. They have been redesigned to reflect the recent major changes in our lifestyles, including the COVID-19 pandemic, to better meet the needs of NDIS support providers, participants, and their families.

Key pricing changes to look out for

  • Disability Support Worker Cost Model

Price limits for support given by disability care providers have been updated so that the super guarantee percentage is increased from 9.5% to 10% and the minimum wage under Fair Work Commission increases by 2.5%. 

  • Specialist disability accommodation (SDA) indexation of price limits

The SDA price limits and refurbishment thresholds have both increased by 1.1%. Refurbishment thresholds determine whether an existing SDA dwelling can be classified as a new dwelling. These changes reflect the updates in the Consumer Price Index.

  • Temporary transformation payments (TTP)

TTP loading has now decreased from 6% to 4.5%.

  • Group-based supports

The transitional pricing arrangements for group-based supports have been extended for a further 12 months, until 30 June 2022 in response to sector feedback and the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact. This extension will allow providers more time to adopt and adjust the new arrangements with participants, helping reduce the administrative burden of these pricing updates.

  • Other pricing updates

The pricing limits for specialist disability accommodation will increase by 1.1% and the temporary transformation payment loading (TTP) will be reduced by 1.5%. Current transitional pricing arrangements for group-based support will also be extended for 12 months.

Important definitions clarified 

Clarifications around different terms under the NDIS Pricing Arrangements and Price Limits (previously the NDIS Price Guide) have also been provided with the update. These include: 

  • Claiming for more than one worker or therapist

  • Provider prepayments

  • Australian Business Number (ABN)

  • Support items

If any of these apply to you, visit the NDIS Pricing Update page for more information.

What does this mean for you?

If you’re with ShiftCare, you can sit back and relax as our latest product update means it’s super easy for you to adopt these pricing changes. You can now update and review your price book with the newest NDIS Pricing Arrangements and Price Limits by clicking ‘Update July 2021 NDIS prices’ under Accounts > Prices.

Whether you’re a worker or participant, it’s crucial that you’re familiar with these NDIS annual pricing reviews. Also, be sure to keep an eye out for the next pricing changes, it is scheduled from August to December 2021, with changes to be enforced on 1 July 2022.

For more information, visit the NDIS official site for the full announcement and complete pricing arrangement details.

If you don’t have access to an easy-to-use Care Management platform with integrated NDIS Price Guide, check out ShiftCare – an app and software solution designed especially for disability support providers.

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