Following consultation with members, NDS has provided the NDIA with a response [PDF | Word] to the “Supported Employment under the NDIS: Industry Information and Consultation Paper”. The consultation paper provided further detail on a proposed NDIS pricing framework for supported employment, scheduled to commence 1 July 2020. NDS’s response identifies a series of recommendations arising out of our consultation with members, including input from a significant proportion of the sector at last week’s Supported Employment Summit in Sydney. Our submission notes that the pricing framework has been the subject of robust discussion among NDS members. It goes on to argue that design and implementation of the pricing framework will need to be carefully monitored, evaluated and informed by ongoing work currently being undertaken by NDS members. In order to present a coherent response to Government and the Agency on the pricing framework, NDS’s response includes an examination of the key concerns raised by members about its implementation. These concerns include: uncertainty about the transition process; the methodology underpinning the proposed framework (especially application of the ratio concept); ensuring NDIS participant planning is informed by all relevant factors; treatment of employee leave; and the importance of recognising the dual role of Disability Enterprises as employers and service providers. The submission’s key recommendations include:
Given the likely challenges arising from the adoption of the proposed pricing framework, NDS will continue to work closely with Disability Enterprise members in our advocacy on these and other issues in the framework, to ensure members are able to offer supported employment as one of a continuum of quality employment options available to NDIS participants.