07 Aug
Changes to employment supports

Changes to employment supports

We go into detail about the changes to employment supports, how this might affect your services, and how to prepare for your next planning meeting. 

The NDIS introduced some changes to employment support in the latest Price Guide in effect since 1st July (part 1 and part 2). The changes include: 

  • Finding and Keeping a Job support is now called Supports in Employment 
  • Employment supports now come from your Core budget instead of Capacity Building 
  • Supports are charged at an hourly rate compared to weekly rate 
  • There is a different rate depending on the day of the week and time of day 

New pricing 

A major change introduced is the new pricing system. This gives people with disability: 

  • More choice, flexibility, and control over their supports 
  • Opportunity to receive a program of one-on-one and group supports within a day 
  • Options to work at different workplaces 

How does it work? 

In line with all group supports, your employment support will be charged from a single standard rate. The rate depends on the number of participants per support worker. 

For example: if one support worker supported five participants, they would charge 1/5th (20%) of the hourly rate for that period.  

This hourly rate pays for the support worker and the costs involved in providing support. The NDIS has included other charges as part of your employment support, which are: 

Centre Capital cost: This is set by the NDIS and pays for the operating costs of the building where your support is held. It’s not an extra cost as it was previously included in your pricing. 

Non-facing time: This relates to costs for tasks that aren’t direct supports, like conducting wage assessments, updating training plans, and writing support notes. 

If you receive employment support from us, we will be in contact with you shortly to discuss these changes in detail. Service providers have until December 2021 to move over to the new funding model.  

Preparing for your next meeting 

For those coming up to their plan review, you may be asked some of these questions at your meeting. This helps ensure you get support to work towards your employment goals. 

First they look at what you’re currently doing: 

  • Where do you work? 
  • How many hours do you work each week? 
  • What help do you get at work? 

And what you’d like to do in the future: 

  • How many hours do you want to work each week? 
  • What new skills would you like to learn at work? 
  • What other jobs would you like to try? 

Need some help? We’re happy to assist you to prepare and attend your planning meeting. Speak to your support team or manager today. 

For general enquiries about our employment supports, contact us at 1800 610 665 or email today.