Increased COVID support for NDIS workers in NSW and NT

Coronavirus (COVID-19)  Media release from the Minister  18 October 2021

Eligible NDIS providers in New South Wales and the Northern Territory will join those in Victoria in being able to claim a one-off payment from the NDIA for support workers to receive their COVID-19 vaccination. The payment, of $100 per worker per dose, can be claimed directly from the NDIA and retrospectively for any vaccinations that a worker has received since 13 October for Northern Territory workers and 14 October for NSW workers.

Minister for the NDIS Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said the measure was being introduced in line with recent state government mandates.
“We know one of the challenges for disability workers and providers is ensuring coverage of supports while workers get their vaccination, as part of their work requirement,” Minister Reynolds said.
“This payment will provide support to registered providers to cover additional costs they incur in ensuring their disability workers are able to access a COVID-19 vaccination.”

New South Wales has mandated that disability workers must have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by 9am 25 October, while the Northern Territory has mandated disability care workers must receive a first dose by 12 November 2021, and have a booking for their second dose by 24 December 2021.

As of 17 October, 87.3 per cent of New South Wales NDIS screened disability workers had received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 80.9 per cent had received two doses. 78.1 per cent of Northern Territory NDIS screen disability workers had received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 72.7 per cent had received two doses.

Minister Reynolds said the latest vaccination figures for NDIS participants and workers were encouraging but needed to continue to rise, as the country began returning to normal life.

“There are vaccines available through Commonwealth hubs, community pharmacies and GPs, so we encourage those who can get the vaccine to do so as soon as possible, to protect themselves and their families,” Minister Reynolds said.

Information on how to claim the payment will be directly available to eligible NDIS providers.

Webinar: Getting your vaccine – information for people with an intellectual disability

The Australian Government Department of Health (supported by Inclusion Australia) is hosting a free webinar for people with an intellectual disability and their families about getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
The webinar includes a chat between Tara Elliffe, a self-advocate from New South Wales, and Nick Lennox, a doctor who works with people with an intellectual disability and the Department of Health.
They will talk about Tara’s recent experience getting vaccinated, and answer your questions about how to get the vaccine and why getting the vaccine is important.
The webinar is on Wednesday, 1 September
– 11am (Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania and Victoria)
– 10.30am (South Australia and Northern Territory)
– 9am (Western Australia)

Register to attend.

Vaccine Information

All NDIS participants aged 12 years and over are eligible for the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine.  A vaccination will help protect you and your community. It’s free and voluntary.
You can call Disability Gateway on 1800 643 787 to find out more or visit the Department of Health’s website. 

If you need information in a language other than English, call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450.
If you are deaf, or hard of hearing you can call the National Relay Service on 1800 555 660.

Easy Read resources, including on vaccine types, are available on the Department of Health website.

Media release from the Minister  2 August 2021

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is extending the NDIS Fraud Taskforce to crack down on dodgy providers and ensure participants get the supports they need.

Minister for the NDIS, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC today announced the Taskforce will be extended indefinitely to protect the integrity of the Scheme and the participants it supports.  “This extension sends a clear signal on the Australian Government’s zero tolerance approach to fraud,” Minister Reynolds said.  “Participants, their families and carers must feel confident that the NDIA is preventing, detecting, and responding to fraud.  “My priority is ensuring participants are protected from illegal or unscrupulous behaviour and that illegal activity will be detected and met with the full force of the law.”

In July 2021, state and territory disability ministers met with Minister Reynolds and agreed that she would bring forward legislation in the next Parliamentary session to further protect participants from unscrupulous provider behaviour.  Earlier this year, the Taskforce carried out its largest-ever operation following an investigation into an alleged criminal syndicate. Operation Pegasus resulted in the arrests of six people, who are accused of alleged multi-million dollar fraud against the NDIS.

The NDIA has also established a new Compliance Response team, a 30-member group that will work to proactively identity potential non-compliance by both providers and participants through activities such as data analytics.  The NDIS Fraud Taskforce is a multi-agency partnership between the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Services Australia, with a focus on high risk and serious criminal activity targeting the NDIS.  Established in 2018, the NDIS Fraud Taskforce has been integral in the investigation and successful prosecutions of criminals targeting NDIS participants.

Anyone with concerns that fraud is being committed against the NDIS should contact the NDIS fraud reporting and scams helpline on 1800 650 717.

Home and Living Consultation

We are developing a new approach to Home and Living.
We want to give participants more choice and control over where and how they live. We also want to support participants to build the skills they need to live independently
Join us for a 1 hour virtual information session and find out more about our Home and Living consultation. In this session we will:

  • ·walk you through the Home and Living consultation currently underway
  • ·talk about our work to develop a new approach to Home and Living
  • ·provide information on how you can share your ideas and feedback.

Participant First Engagement Initiative

NDIS are seeking nominations from participants, families and carers to help improve our policies, services, templates and more.  It’s all part of our Participant First Engagement Initiative, which sees us listening to participants about the best ways to improve our approach.
For more information click here

Have Your Say! Home & Living and Support for Decision Making Consultations

As we plan for the future of the NDIS we want your feedback to ensure it works for you.
Over the next 10 weeks, we are undertaking two consultation processes to inform the development of a Home and Living policy and Support for Decision Making policy.
We are seeking feedback from participants, nominees, families and carers, as well as providers and stakeholders in a range of different ways including, but not limited to, an online survey, online information sessions and targeted workshops with participants with complex communications needs.
Through a wide variety of consultation activities, we aim to build a deep understanding of the key topics and issues that need to be addressed in the Home and Living and Support for Decision Making policy.
To get the consultation started, we are seeking feedback on two consultation papers via online surveys on our website:

To make a submission visit the Have your say page on our website.
You can submit your feedback in a number of formats, including audio and video files: PDF, DOCX, MP3, MOV, AVI.
Submissions are open until 5PM AEST 27 August 2021