People with disabilities have the right to live normal lives and enjoy social interaction in the workplace. Supported Employment provides opportunities for the participants to develop new skills and network professionally to keep up with their employer's expectations and be independent.
How to transition your NDIS Supported Employment to the new apportioned prices?
As quoted by NDIS, ‘From 1 July 2020, funding for these supports moved from a participant’s Capacity Building budget, into their Core budget. They can use these supports in any workplace they choose, including government and non-government organisations, an ADE, social enterprises, micro-businesses, or in self-employment or a family run business.
As with other group-based Core supports, the NDIS Pricing Arrangements and Price Limits list a single unit price for each different time of the day or day of the week.This means that providers will claim all supports against the appropriate one-to-one support items by dividing the time spent with the work group equally across all members of the group.
Having a single unit price both eases provider administration and ensures participants are paying for the support they actually receive.’
Group Support in Supported Employment is all about learning outcomes and skill development. These supports complement existing or expected employer supports to achieve employment goals.
Some goals are better achieved in group sessions where like-minded people meet. So let’s say for example, 4 participants who work at the same place require on-the job training once a week to stay on track and manage their behaviours. 2 support workers are assigned for them to coach and help them with their employment requirements for 3 hours. The staff also requires time to prepare for the session which is conducted in a rental space. Now we need to calculate the apportioned rates for each session among these 3 participants.
The key is to calculate the apportioned pricing that will be charged based on the NDIS Price Guide
Apportioned Pricing = (Unit Price * Number of Support Workers)/Number of participants
So for our example: $ 28.65 = ($ 57.30 * 2 support workers)/ 4 participants
This leaves us with :
Note the following:
- The unit price is the apportioned price we used= $28.65.
- NF2F is for the preparation before the actual session, and for reporting after the session which includes planning and presentation discussion among the support workers.
- 1:1 support is only provided on a need-to basis which is why it is not included in the total claim. It can rather be included as an ‘additional’ line item if delivered.
We have the support time 04_801_0133_5_1 a 3rd time with “1 to 1 support” that has not been “apportioned” at $80.39 - this line item will be used to claim for 1 to 1 supports like report writing, meetings with parents, etc.
This new "1 to 1 support" line is key for the viability of your service and your business.
These supports facilitate choice and control for the participants about their working model, career planning and skills development, making them more independent.
Now, imagine this scenario for multiple groups with multiple supports. Would you prefer entering all of this manually after each session for each participant, or automating this process? Comm.care makes it easy to craft your group services as per your organisation’s requirements which can be used to create group appointments and progress notes in minutes. All of which can be reflected on claims after each session, generating easy and frequent cashflow within your organisation.
Transition Stress-free with Comm.care
As you know, the deadline for your business to transition to the new pricing model is 31st December 2023. Time is of the essence! Not adhering to these changes could result in regulatory noncompliance, posing severe risks to the continuity and operational viability of your business.
We understand that such transitions can be challenging and time-consuming. Our software, Comm.care, can the burden off your shoulders by automatically updating the new pricing model so that you can focus on providing the best care to your participants.
Book a demo now to explore how we can help you transition stress-free.
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