Can I pay for therapy up front, and then ask financial intermediary to reimburse me?
For plan supports managed by a Plan Management Provider or Financial Intermediary, payment for provided supports are usually made to the provider on behalf of a participant. However, a Financial Intermediary can reimburse a support payment to a participant also. An invoice for therapy supports delivered and already paid for will need to be provided to the Financial Intermediary. This invoice should provide evidence that the support has already been paid by you and you would also need to provide your bank details to the Financial Intermediary to be reimbursed. If you are paying a therapy provider up front for delivering capacity building supports included in your approved NDIS plan, you may like to consider self-managing the therapy supports with assistance from the Financial Intermediary to learn how. You can then claim the therapy support directly from your plan funding via the Participant portal.
Living in a group home who is responsible for buying the fridges etc and the vehicle?
Standard household items such as fridges, beds, kitchen items etc and vehicles are considered day-to-day living costs that would normally be the responsibility for everyone to fund using their own disposable income. Some participants may use specialised assistive equipment due to their disability related needs. The funding of these types of supports may be considered by the NDIS as a capital support in their NDIS plan. Some Supported Independent Living providers may own a vehicle that can be used by participants to meet some of their transport needs. Participants may need to negotiate with the provider how these transport supports will be funded using the transport supports in their NDIS plans or their own disposable income.
What is the difference between a LAC and NDIA Planner?
LACs work with participants aged seven years and older to develop their plan, implement it and provide support to achieve their goals. This includes showing participants how to use the myplace participant portal and helping them connect with community, mainstream and funded supports. LACs support participants throughout their plan and monitor how the plan is going. LACs also work with people with disability, participants and their families to build capacity and to support them to achieve their goals by building new community networks and accessing support and services in their community. They engage with local organisations and communities, including other government services, to build awareness and improve opportunities for people with disability to access and actively participate in community activities. NDIA planners are employed directly by the NDIA and have delegation to approve participant plans. This means they make informed decisions about supports with regards to NDIS legislation. LACs must make their recommendations to the NDIA in line with the NDIS legislation.
We're moving interstate. What happens to our son's plan?
If you move, you need to let the NDIA know about this change of circumstances as soon as reasonably possible. You can find out how to do that on the Change of Circumstances page. Once the NDIS is fully implemented as a national scheme, NDIS supports will be fully portable across Australia – your plan will move with you. During transition to full scheme, this 'portability' applies to all states and territories transitioning to the NDIS, in line with the access requirements, including additional residence requirements, for that state or territory (laid out in the NDIS Rules 2013). What that means is that if you're currently an NDIS participant, and you move to an area where you would also meet the current access and residence requirements, your plan will move with you. To figure out if that might apply to you and your child's NDIS plan, you should consult your Local Area Co-ordinator, or ECEI partner.
For more Q&As, visit the NDIS website.
1 May 2018