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Greater flexibility in use of funding for transport

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Portable Long Service Scheme: NDS Information Session

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The deadline for community services providers to register with the Portable Long Services Authority (the Authority) was on 30 September 2019.

Victorian providers are reminded that if they were unable to register by 30 September for the new Portable Long Service Scheme (the Scheme), they may still call the Authority to request an extension. Whilst NDIS-funded activity has been excluded from the Scheme until 1 January 2020, employers with workers undertaking "community services work", as defined by the Act, need to register in order to make the first quarterly contribution for any workers within their organisations who are predominantly undertaking community services work. You can call the Authority for further guidance around these determinations on 1800 517 158. 

If you are an Employer as defined by the Long Service Benefits Portability Act, 2018, you are required to register and comply with the law. Registration can be undertaken online.

Quarterly reporting is from 1 to 31 October (reporting on activity in July / August / September). The first quarterly return for the July – September 2019 period, must be lodged by 31 October. If you believe that you won’t be able to meet this due date, please contact the Authority as soon as possible to request an extension. If your extension is approved, you will be advised of your new confirmed due date for lodgement. For workers who are predominantly NDIS-funded, quarterly contributions can be made from 1 January 2020. 

Please note the Portable Long Service Authority has a website and helpline (1800 517 158). In determining whether you and your employees are covered by the Scheme, providers are encouraged to contact the Authority, as well as consult the legislation and regulations.

Additional NDS Portable Long Service Information Session

Due to demand, NDS will be hosting an additional disability-specific information session with the Authority for disability service providers:

Date: Tuesday 3 December 2019

Time: 11:00am – 1.30pm

Location: NDS Boardroom, Level 3, 369 Royal Parade, Parkville VIC 3052

Find out more and register to secure your place.

Contact information
Anthea Gellie, Senior Policy Officer, NDIS Sector Development Project, 03 8341 4330,