1.2 Your role as a provider
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People with a disability will interact with a wide range of business, not all of it directly through their NDIS funding.
As employment opportunities and community inclusion increase, people with a disability will also become consumers with disposable income.
Achieving participant goals may include:
- household supports as people choose to live independently i.e. cleaning and maintenance
- providing equipment to increase access to the community
- therapy and assessments to achieve personal milestones
- cost efficient transport services
- skill development and employment of people with a disability
- building and trades for modifications or specialist accommodation.
Technology also plays an important role in helping people with disability access diverse and competitive markets for services and supports. As a business it is important to understand the participant journey and which part of service delivery you may seek to establish your business in.
The NDIA is partnering with organisations in the community across Australia to deliver the NDIS. The NDIS recognises that its Partners in the Community (PITC) have a wealth of experience and knowledge within local communities. Local Area Coordinator Partners are key NDIS contacts within the community. For children aged 0 to 6 years, there are Early Childhood Early Intervention Partners. Partners in the Community help people to understand the Scheme, and connect people with a disability to supports in their local area.
220.127.116.11 Local Area Coordinators (LACs)
Local Area Coordinators (LAC) - Local Area Coordinators are organisations that partner with the NDIA to deliver the NDIS by supplying an expert workforce with local knowledge of disability services and their local community.
More information about the Local Area Coordinators, including where they are located, can be found on the NDIS website.
18.104.22.168 Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) partners
Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) partners - The NDIS has engaged Early Childhood Partners around Australia to provide early childhood intervention support to young children aged 0 to 6 and their families. These organisations are experts in delivering support and early intervention programs.
More information about the Early Childhood Early Intervention approach can be found on the NDIS website.
NDIS providers are individuals or organisations that deliver a support or product to a participant of the NDIS. Providers can be either registered with the NDIS or can be an unregistered provider. Registered providers can connect to a much wider range of participants and can demonstrate they have met the specific quality and safeguards requirements as part of their marketing to potential participants.
When registering, providers will choose which ‘registration group(s)’ to apply for. A registration group is linked to the types of services you may offer. (See Section 2.3 for information about how these registration groups align with different types of support that providers can offer).
Intermediary supports will be included in a participant’s plan if it is reasonable and necessary for the individual. Intermediary organisations help participants to implement supports in their plan, including informal, community and funded supports. Intermediary organisations include:
22.214.171.124 Plan Managers
Participants can choose to have a registered Plan Management provider to manage their funding and budget for the supports in their plan. Plan Managers must be a registered provider with the NDIS and meet the necessary professional requirements in the Guide to Suitability (PDF)(DOC). Plan Managers are able to connect participants with both NDIS registered providers and providers that aren’t registered with the NDIS, subject to meeting the pricing in the NDIS website.
126.96.36.199 Support Coordinators
Support coordination is included in a participant’s plan if it is reasonable and necessary for the individual. Where either a Local Area Coordinator or Early Childhood Early Intervention Partner is assisting with plan implementation, support coordination is not funded in the participant’s plan, except where exploring housing options is included within the plan.
Support Coordinators help participants to implement supports in their plan, including informal, government services, community activities and funded supports. They will work with a participant to:
- assess and choose preferred providers
- negotiate services to be provided and their prices, develop service agreements and create service bookings with the participant’s preferred providers
- liaise with any Plan Manager provider to establish the appropriate claim categories and attribute the correct amount of funds.
Varied opportunities exists for business to provide services to NDIS registered providers, these may included:
- labour hire support
- admin / back office services
- business and office infrastructure
- financial services.