NDIS Minister announces COVID-19 support
What you need to know
- The Government is working with the sector to consider worker mobility restrictions
- $150 per participant will be available nationally to cover SIL participants access to vaccine locations
- Victorian providers will again be able to directly claim the cost of PPE
- The Agency is offering deep cleaning and other first response assistance for Victorian SIL providers
After consulting with NDS, Minister Reynolds today announced enhanced supports for Victorian providers and participants, and that $150 per participant would be available to providers nationally to cover costs associated with assisting SIL participants to access off-site vaccination locations.
In addition to state-based vaccination centres, a dedicated Commonwealth disability vaccination hub has also been opened in Thomastown Victoria.
The specific measures quoted from the Minister’s announcement are:
- Working with the sector to support appropriate worker mobility arrangements for disability residential services providers, where worker restrictions are required to ensure the safety of workers and NDIS participants.
- A new national support payment of $150 per participant for disability providers to assist NDIS supported independent living participants eligible within Phase 1a to attend offsite locations, including Commonwealth hubs, state clinics and GPs.
- The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) will reinstate measures to enable NDIS providers in Victoria to directly claim the cost of PPE for workers.
- The NDIA is offering COVID-19 related supports including deep cleaning services, assistive technology and a clinical first response service for supported independent living providers should COVID-19 be detected.
NDS will advise members about how the listed supports can be claimed when those details are released by the Agency.