Updated: 1 December 2020
In response to COVID-19 and community transmission in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia have implemented guidelines with regards to temporary changes to NDIS funding in relation to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Learn more about changes to PPE access and requirements at the links below:
- Victoria (until 28 February 2021)
- New South Wales (until 28 February 2021)
- Queensland (ended 25 September 2020)
- South Australia (new regulations effective 19 Nov 2020)
- NDIS Website
References – The information referenced in this article is sourced from the NDIS website and state-based health advice.
Let’s take a look at the changes together.
Registered Providers can now directly claim the costs of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from the NDIA, without impacting a Participant’s funding. Providers are able to claim an allowance of $1.70 per hour of support delivered in the Activities of Daily Life Support Category, to cover the cost of PPE.
If you are a Participant who meets the NDIA guidelines (see below), you can also access PPE through your NDIS funds and providers.
The temporary changes apply where COVID-19 is known as being active in a participant’s community and the use of PPE is recommended.
What about hand sanitiser?
Hand sanitiser continues to be a personal expense.
Where can I purchase PPE?
Some providers may supply their workers with PPE, whereas others may require the Participant to have PPE available. If you’re unsure, it’s best to have a conversation with your Provider directly.
Plan and self-managed participants can purchase PPE from any provider (eg. your local pharmacy) and record and claim your purchases in the usual way. Agency-managed participants can purchase PPE through registered providers.
Access to PPE – Providers are also able to request PPE through the Department of Health national stockpile. More information for providers can be found here.
When did these changes come into effect?
The temporary PPE arrangements have different effective start and end dates depending on state, commencing from 29 July 2020.
Where can I find more information?
Please note there may be more guidance available specific to your state/area from your state’s department of health.
1800 253 787
Victoria Department of Health and Human Services
1300 650 172
1800 800 100
Disability Information Helpline
1800 643 787