NDIS Funding Information
National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides support to people with disability, their families and carers. If you have a disability that is likely to be permanent and significant you can, subject to eligibility, receive funding from the NDIS.
You are eligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) if you:
- are under 65 years of age, and
- are an Australian citizen or resident or permanent visa holder, and
- meet the disability or early intervention requirements.
People with disability, or their family or advocate, can use the NDIS eligibility check list to see if they are eligible. If so, they can then apply to receive support through the NDIS. NDIS funding is available for “reasonable and necessary supports” to help people with disability to reach their goals and aspirations, take part in activities to increase their social and economic participation and to live a life as “ordinary” as possible.
People who have been approved to be included in the National Disability Insurance Scheme are referred to as “Participants”. People or organisations who provide these Participants with products and/or services are referred to as “Providers”.
Participant allocated funding will be managed in accordance with an NDIS Plan. A Plan may be managed by the Participant (Self Managed), by the National Disability Insurance Agency (Agency Managed), by a 3rd Party Agency (3rd Party Managed) or by a combination of the above.
Therapies for Kids procedures for NDIS participants
The Directors of Therapies for Kids remain committed to providing the highest quality of services to our clients. In order to ensure this, we have certain procedures, which are designed to ensure easier access to NDIS services and easier & improved management of client plans. The following procedures are in line with NDIS recommendations.
Therapies for Kids (TFK) is a registered NDIS Provider. We are required to enter into a Service Agreement with every NDIS Participant who accesses our services. This agreement details the services to be delivered and provides a schedule of the future appointments. It is designed to assist you access our services in the most straightforward way and for us to be able to be paid for the services provided.
For NDIS Participants who are managed by the NDIA or are managed by a registered third party Plan Management Agency, TFK requires a copy of the Participant’s NDIS Plan prior to the first appointment for which payment from the NDIA or the Plan Management Agency is expected.
TFK will prepare a Service Agreement prior to this appointment in order to create a Service Booking, (which specifies a $ allocation for the cost of confirmed future appointments), in the NDIS portal – this is essential to us claiming the appointment fee after each appointment.
For participants who are approved to manage their own plan, payment for services will be due and payable at the conclusion of their treatment session. Self Managed Clients are reminded that they may submit their payment for reimbursement from the NDIS directly.
Once a Service Agreement has been signed and a Service Booking made, if a Participant increases or decreases the number or duration of confirmed future appointments, the Service Booking $ allocation may be amended by the Participant, an NDIA staff member or, with consent, by Therapies for Kids.
Unavailability of funds
In order to ensure that we can continue to provide our services to all clients, Therapies for Kids will require payment from the participant at the conclusion of their treatment in the following circumstances:
- If we have not received a copy of the Participants NDIS Plan or;
- If another Provider has reserved the Participants NDIS funds so that there are insufficient funds available to meet the cost(s) of the scheduled appointment
If a Participant has insufficient funds available to be allocated to a TFK Service Booking after a plan has been activated, the Participant will be responsible for meeting the costs of any appointment(s) until funds become available. TFK will not extend credit to the Participant for services provided.
Therapies for Kids endeavours to maintain a current register of NDIS Participants, their plan management type and when their plan is due for expiry. Therapies for Kids will attempt to advise NDIS Participants when their plan is due to expire and / or if funds reserved in their Service Booking are low. However, participants are responsible for ensuring that their plan is current and that there are sufficient funds available pursuant to their NDIS plan to cover the costs of any treatment delivered.
Patient Notes and communications required with other medical professionals will be completed during a participants treatment session. Where it is necessary to communicate with other medical professionals regarding your condition or treatment outside of your treatment session, the communication will be charged in 6 minute (or part thereof) increments @ $18.50 per increment. These costs are not covered by NDIS funding, so be aware that these charges will have to be met from your other resources.
From time to time the NDIS will require the participant to provide a report on the effectiveness of services provided in relation to the participant’s goals stated in their plan. The NDIS make provision to pay for this requirement and Therapies for Kids makes a provision for time in the Service Agreement and Service Booking for this item.
Out of Clinic appointments
Appointments out of rooms for NDIS clients are difficult to accommodate due to the NDIS policy restricting the ability to charge for the time taken to travel to and from an out of rooms appointment. However, this can be discussed with our Director.
Therapies for Kids looks forward to treating your child under the NDIS and appreciates your patience and cooperation in ensuring that accessing the NDIS is as easy as possible for all involved.