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National Disability Insurance Scheme

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PACFA has been very active representing counselling and psychotherapy in relation to the NDIS, making submissions to various government consultation processes. PACFA is also advocating in relation to the process to implement the NDIS as the implementation is resulting in gaps in mental health services as existing mental health programs are being rolled into the NDIS.

Supporting PACFA Registrants to become NDIS Providers

PACFA Registrants are eligible to participate as providers in the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

In 2012 PACFA ran a pilot on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) aimed at registering PACFA Registrants as service providers with the NDIS. The pilot ran in the Barwon region in Victoria and some PACFA Registrants who applied were approved to become NDIS service providers.

Since then, the rollout of the NDIS has continued and oversight of services is now the responsibility of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). Where a participant’s funding is managed by the NDIA, the service provider must be registered with the NDIA in order to be able to provide supports to NDIS participants. Once registered, providers will be able to claim payments for supports provided to NDIS clients.

Participants in the NDIS have the right to choose the providers of their supports. They may wish to choose a counsellor or psychotherapist to provide their supports where they require professional supports such as therapeutic supports. PACFA Registrants are therefore eligible to register as providers for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Registrants should be aware that opportunities for counsellors and psychotherapists to provide services within the NDIS may be quite limited as specialist disability agencies or individuals with specialist disability training may be preferred to provide support to NDIS participants. Priority will also be given to providers applying for registration to service the sites where the NDIS is already operating.

Resources for PACFA Registrants

PACFA has prepared an NDIS Information Pack for PACFA Registrants interested in applying to become service providers for the NDIS.

The NDIS Information Pack is currently being updated. PACFA Registrants will be informed as soon as the updated pack is available.

There are also resources and guidelines for service providers on the NDIS website, http://www.ndis.gov.au/providers.  The information in the document prepared by PACFA is a summary of these resources. It provides sufficient information for PACFA Registrants who wish to register as providers for the NDIS.

NDIS Rollout

If you are considering applying to be a service provider with the NDIA, priority consideration will be given to providers applying for registration to service the sites where the NDIS is already operating.

For rollout details, download the NDIS Rollout document.