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National Disability Insurance Scheme

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PACFA identified an opportunity for PACFA Registrants to participate as providers in the National Disability Insurance Scheme.  PACFA has been very active representing counselling and psychotherapy in relation to the NDIS. In additional to our submission to the consultation of the Draft NDIS Bill, PACFA submitted to the consultation on the Draft NDIS Rules.

For further details see the following pages:

Supporting PACFA Registrants to become NDIS Providers

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.

NDIA Resources for PACFA Registrants

PACFA has prepared an up to date Information Pack for PACFA Registrants interested in applying to become service providers under for the NDIA.

If you are a PACFA Provisional or Clinical Registrant, please contact the PACFA Office for a copy of the document How to apply to be a provider for the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Please contact register@pacfa.org.au.

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 NDIS rollout details, see Table 1.

 Table 1: Rollout of NDIS services

State / Territory Region / area Commencement date
ACT All of the ACT (for limited clients based on age)
All of the ACT (for other clients based on age)
All of the ACT (for remaining clients)
1 July 2014
1 July 2015
1 July 2016
Victoria Barwon region
Inner Eastern Melbourne
Other parts of Victoria
1 July 2013
1 July 2016
From 2017 onwards
South Australia All areas (for children only)
Other parts of South Australia
1 July 2013
From 2017 onwards
NSW Hunter region
Nepean Blue Mountains area
Northern Sydney district
Sydney
Western Sydney
Central Coast
Far West
Southern NSW
Other parts of NSW
1 July 2013
1 July 2015
July 2016
July 2016
July 2016
July 2016
July 2016
July 2016
From 2017 onwards
Northern Territory Barkly are
All other areas
1 July 2014
July 2016 to July 2019
Tasmania All of Tasmania (some clients, based on age)
All of Tasmania (for remaining clients)
1 July 2016
1 July 2017 to 1 July 2018
Queensland Townsville and Charters Towers
Palm Island Aboriginal Shire
From 25 September 2015
From 25 September 2015
Western Australia Perth Hills 1 July 2014