NDIS 2022/23 Price Guide released

Acacia Plan Management NDIS price guide updates 2022/23

Reading Time: 3 mins Just in time for the commencement of the new financial year, the NDIA has released the 2022-23 Pricing Arrangement and Price Limits (Price Guide).   In this article, we touch on the highlights and notable exceptions. Support work prices increased by 9% From 1 July 2022, price limits for all NDIS supports delivered by disability support […]

Tips to avoid leftover NDIS funds at the end of your plan

Acacia Plan Management leftover NDIS funds

Reading Time: 4 mins In some instances, you may reach the end of your National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) plan with some leftover NDIS funds. While this is not uncommon, you need to be aware that funds that are not spent cannot be rolled over into a new plan.  In this article, we explore how can you efficiently manage your budget […]

What happens to my NDIS Plan when I turn 65?

Acacia Plan Management NDIS plan when turn 65

Reading Time: 2 mins The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is Australia’s core support system for people with a disability.  The eligibility criteria state you need to be aged between 7 and 65 to be eligible to apply for an NDIS plan. So what happens if you apply for a plan after 65 or you already have a plan […]

Refreshed NDIS guidelines for ‘Appointing a nominee’

Acacia Plan Management NDIS nominee guidelines

Reading Time: 2 mins The NDIS have released refreshed operational guidelines for ‘Appointing a nominee’. The refreshed guidelines provide: Consistency and transparency about how the NDIS make nominee decisions. Clear explanation of nominee roles and responsibilities Clear outline of the nominee’s role to improve the participant’s capacity to make their own decisions Information about when the NDIS decide to […]

Individualised Living Options (ILO) explained

Acacia Plan Management NDIS Individualised Living Options

Reading Time: 5 mins The NDIS supports people with a disability to live independently in many different ways.  There are many options available depending on your individual situation and NDIS funding.  In this article, we explore Individualised Living Options (ILO) and if it is the best option to support your independent living goals. What is Individualised Living Options support? […]

Changes to Assistive Technology rule to help NDIS participants

Acacia Plan Management NDIS assistive technology

Reading Time: < 1 min The NDIA has announced changes to the way Assistive Technology (AT) purchases are approved – making it easier for participants to get the equipment they need. The limit for mid-cost funding for Assistive Technology has been lifted from $5,000 to $15,000.  NDIS data shows that only 5% of participants require equipment costing more than $15,000, […]

Will the NDIS fund provider travel and transport costs?

Acacia Plan Management NDIS transport

Reading Time: 3 mins There is a lot of information to digest and understand when it comes whether the NDIS will fund travel and transport costs for both participants and providers.  In this article, we take a deep dive into the most up to date information from the NDIS Price Arrangement and Price Limits (Price Guide) to assist all […]

Will the NDIS fund my iPad or similar device?

Acacia Plan Management will NDIS fund my ipad or device

Reading Time: 2 mins Have you been tossing up whether to buy an iPad or other tablet?  The NDIS have recently approved the use of NDIS funding to purchase these devices.  This decision is based on acknowledgment of the importance of these items and how they have allowed participants to engage with their providers online since the start of […]

Important highlights from the NDIS Quarterly Report December 2021

Acacia Plan Management NDIS quarterly report

Reading Time: 2 mins The National Disability Insurance Scheme’s (NDIS) latest Quarterly Report has marked a major milestone under the Australian Government, with the world-first insurance scheme now transforming the lives of more than 500,000 Australians living with significant and permanent disability. Key NDIS quarterly report statistics There are now more than 502,413 participants receiving varying levels of support. […]

The importance of having a Carer Statement

Acacia Plan Management carers agreement

Reading Time: 2 mins If you’re an NDIS participant, you will understand the importance of having as much documentation as possible to support your initial NDIS application and for future planning meetings.  One very useful document you may choose to include is a Carer or Impact Statement.  Your carer will often know and understand you and your unique needs […]

7 key items to include on your NDIS tax invoice

Acacia Plan Management 7 key items NDIS tax invoice

Reading Time: < 1 min As an NDIS service provider, you are likely familiar with the importance of being paid on time.  To ensure you avoid any delays in being paid, there are 7 key items you need to include on your NDIS tax invoice. Your business name, ABN and bank account details.  Your ABN must be an exact match […]

NDIS adds subscriptions to Price Guide

Acacia Plan Management NDIS subscriptions and prepayments

Reading Time: 2 mins From 7 December 2021, a new subscription services clause was added to the NDIS Pricing Arrangements and Pricing Limits guide.  In summary, providers can now claim for supports using a subscription model of payment.  Before we explore subscription services, let’s revisit prepayments and how these arrangements differ. What is a Prepayment? Prepayments represent funds paid […]

NDIA releases Support Coordination paper

Acacia Plan Management Support Coordination Paper

Reading Time: 2 mins The NDIA has released the ‘Improving Support Coordination for NDIS Participants’ paper.  The paper outlines the outcomes from reviewing the current support coordination model in the context of both the consultation process and broader strategic design of the NDIS.  It clearly outlines the role of a support coordinator and the next steps the NDIA will […]

Updates to NDIS Transport Reimbursements

Acacia Plan Management NDIS transport

Reading Time: 2 mins To ensure compliance with National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) requirements, some updates to NDIS transport budgets and reimbursements have been made. For many NDIS participants, having access to transport services allows you to access your supports and appointments outside your home, get to your place of employment and relieve the burden from other people you […]

The NDIS 2021-22 Annual Pricing Review

Acacia Plan Management NDIS 2021-22 Annual Pricing Review

Reading Time: 3 mins The 2021-22 Annual Pricing Review Consultation Paper has been released.  The NDIS are seeking feedback about price limits and policy for the next financial year.  The paper looks at current NDIS pricing arrangements and price limits and related policies to determine if they are appropriate, or if changes may be required.  The paper outlines topics […]

The NDIS Fraud Strategy Explained

Acacia Plan Management NDIS fraud strategy

Reading Time: 3 mins The NDIA’s fraud control arrangements exist to protect the scheme and the misuse of NDIA funds intended to support people with disability. In this article we explain the NDIS fraud strategy in detail including how providers can ensure they’re operating within the NDIS’ Code of Conduct. What is fraud? Fraud is defined as ‘dishonestly obtaining […]

Public consultation opens on NDIS legislation reforms

Acacia Plan Management changes to legislation

Reading Time: 2 mins The Australian Government is proposing changes to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) legislation to make processes easier and better for NDIS participants.  The Government is continuing to work to create a simpler, faster, fairer and more consistent NDIS that aims to work better for people with disability, their families and carers. A 2019 independent […]

Supported Independent Living vs Specialist Disability Accommodation

Acacia Plan Management SIL and SDA

Reading Time: 2 mins If one of your goals is to live independently, then you are likely familiar with both Supported Independent Living (SIL) and Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA).  There are many accommodation options available however these two options are funded by the NDIS.  In this article we will help breakdown the differences between the two and determine which […]

The NDIS ‘Would We Fund It’ guide updates

Acacia Plan Management NDIS Would we fund it guide

Reading Time: < 1 min The NDIS’ ‘Would we fund it’ guide was introduced earlier this year to improve transparency on how decisions are made about supports the NDIS may fund.  The guide lets you browse through commonly requested support items and services. We often get asked whether the NDIS will fund X because someone with the same or similar […]

NDIS Price Guide updates 2021

Acacia Plan Management NDIS Price Guide updates 2021

Reading Time: < 1 min The annual NDIS Price Guide updates 2021 were released on 1 July.  While there were no major updates this year, the NDIS have changed the name of the document from the Price Guide to NDIS Price Arrangements and Price Limits, however, to keep it simple, we will continue to refer to it as the Price […]