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Government pledges $850 million to help NDIS providers

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The federal government has bowed to significant pressure from disability providers by agreeing to major price increases for a range of National Disability Insurance Scheme services.

Social Services Minister Paul Fletcher on Saturday announced a raft of NDIS price increases, including an $11 an hour rise for therapy supports, and a price rise of up to 15.4 per cent for attendant care providers.

These changes will see the NDIS market boosted by $850 million, with this money taken from an estimated $2.5 billion pool of unspent NDIS funds.  

Graeme Innes, from the National Disability Insurance Agency’s Pricing Reference Group, said the pricing changes were discussed by the group over a number of meetings and were supported by a strong body of evidence.

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Source:
Luke Michael, 2019, Probono Australia (https://probonoaustralia.com.au/)

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