By 2019, more than 90,000 Queenslanders with disability are expected to be accessing the National Disability Insurance Scheme, injecting around $4 billion per year into the Queensland economy, and creating an estimated 15,900 to 19,400 additional jobs.
This is an incredible opportunity for Queensland businesses and the government is working with the disability sector and mainstream businesses to ensure they have the capacity to deliver the supports participants want and need in a new, consumer-driven market. There will be a number of different avenues for participants to use their NDIS funding to access NDIS provider.
The NDIS QLD will enable people with disability to exercise choice and control over the supports they receive and have access to a wider range of quality NDIS provider of services and supports.
To ensure the scheme operates effectively it will need to consist of informed consumers (participants), a diverse range of sustainable suppliers, and a skilled and diverse workforce in place to meet demand.
The national Integrated Market, Sector and Workforce Strategy, available at www.ndis.gov.au, supports participants and providers in their preparations for the NDIS QLD.
There will be NDIS provider that are able to directly access the NDIS funding but also providers that self managed participants are able to access.
This strategy outlines how governments, people with disability, the NDIA and the sector and workforce can work together to develop an effective NDIS provider market.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme strategy builds on the Queensland Government’s actions to support participants, providers and the workforce to be prepared for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, as well as the opportunities it will bring.
Providers are encouraged to understand and respond to the business and operational impacts of the NDIS QLD to ensure they are able to operate in a more competitive market.
Some of the key changes for providers include:
- 1> participants will choose who provides their supports, where and when those supports are provided as well as directly engaging providers to deliver the supports in their individual plan
- 2> participants may choose to purchase different types of supports to those available now
- 3> funding will be on an individual fee-for- service basis, and will be paid to providers in arrears rather than in advance through block funding arrangements
- 4> NDIS providers will need to register with the National Disability Scheme if they wish to allow all people to access their services through their NDIS funding.
- 5> NDIS funding will be based on the individual plan.