2022-23 NDIS Pricing Update and Award Changes
There has been much anticipation about the NDIS pricing this year along with the changes to the Social, Community, Home Care & Disability Services (SCHADS) Industry Award from 1st July 2022. BCD has stayed abreast with the updates so that we can ensure our customers are aware of the coming changes and what this means as we plan alongside them. Having access to the right information means our customers are able to make more informed decisions.
The way services across the NDIS will be delivered to customers will see changes around two significant requirements:
The award by which BCD pays its Care Workers (Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services -SCHADS will have changes including:
• Minimum 2 hours shifts for all workers
• Paid broken shift allowances for shifts worked with more than a 1-hour break
• Payment or redeployment required for any rostered shifts that are cancelled within 7 days
• A 4.6% wage increase is also being implemented
While these are great to improve the conditions for the workforce, these changes could impact the way services are
delivered to NDIS customers and how cancellations of services could be treated.
The updated Price Guide for NDIS services shows a 9% increase in price limits for services delivered by a Care Worker . This has been based on:
• The changes to the SCHADS Award
• Costs associated with managing the COVID-19 pandemic
• NDIS quality and safeguards regulatory requirements for registered providers
• Fair Work‘ Commission’s recent wage decision
• Superannuation charge increase
What does this mean for you?
To meet the legal requirements of these updates and changes, BCD has implemented a 2-hour minimum service from 4th July 2022 and will be increasing pricing to those reflected in the new NDIS Pricing Guide. A copy of this can be found at www.ndis.gov.au/providers/pricing-arrangements/pricing-updates.
Plan Management and Support Coordination levels 2 and 3 pricing will see no changes and remain the same as the 2021 pricing guide. There is a drop from 4.5% to 3% for the Temporary Transformation Payment (TTP ) in the 2022-23 NDIS Pricing guide and high-intensity supports will now just include a standard price and a high-intensity price.
What’s not changing?
“BCD has decided NOT to pass on the updated option to charge for services with less than 7 days notice”.
Instead, we will be maintaining the same 48 hours cancellation notification period across all of our services with customer service agreements valid until their expiration date. As we transition with these changes, we are leading with open conversations and communication with customers where the partnership fostered continues to focus on holistic person-centred care and well-being.