The Federal Government will extend NDIS plans by up to 24 months to give participants, carers and providers further security during the coronavirus pandemic.
St Giles chief executive Andrew Billing said the new measures announced by National Disability Insurance Scheme Minister Stuart Robert on Sunday were reassuring.
``While we are only at the start of this journey, we feel the [government] has pro-actively acknowledged the importance of continuity of quality services to our participants now and as we get further into the COVID-19 pandemic,'' he said.
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``We are reassured by the Minister's flexible approach for all of us - participants, carers and providers - as needs and circumstances change during the coming months.''
The measures include:
- NDIS plans to be extended by up to 24 months
- Face to face planning shifted to telephone meetings where possible
- Action plan to ensure NDIS participants and their families continue to receive the essential disability supports they need
- Proactive outreach to high-risk participants and sharing of data with states and territories to ensure continuity of supports
- Financial assistance to providers to support retention of workers including advance payments, 10 per cent loading on some supports and changes to cancellation policies
State Minister for Disability Services Jeremy Rockcliff welcomed the measures and said they provided more certainty for Tasmanian NDIS participants, carers and providers.