On 1 July 2020 the NDIA changed the way that funding recipients structure their work supports to offer them more choice and control.
These Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are about the change that has been made by the NDIA (National Disability Insurance Agency) to how employment supports are funded in NDIS plans.
These FAQs talk about how Bedford have responded to the change. Bedford calls this the ‘Transition to the New Employment Model’. Sometimes we might shorten this to the ‘NEM’ or ‘New Employment Model’.
Bedford’s Transition to the New Employment Model (NEM), is a huge opportunity for our Clients to reach their goals, and gives them the ability to set and achieve goals they haven’t previously known. Clients may have increased access to new training and one-on-one mentoring, social programs, skills development in new areas, or potentially a move into open- or self-employment.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Bedford Supported Employees
Who can support me if I need help or more information?
Questions about the Transition to the New Employment Model
What was the change made by the NDIA?
Why did the NDIA make the change?
What does the Transition to the New Employment Model mean for me?
Will the payment method for my Supports in Employment change?
Do I have a choice in transitioning to the New Employment Model (NEM)?
How have Bedford helped with the transition?
What if my funding has changed to the New Employment Model and I feel that it doesn’t support my needs, or support achieving my goals?
Questions about Service Agreements and the Summary of My Employment Supports
Why might my Summary of My Employment Supports document change?
Why might my current Summary of My Employment Supports (SOMES) document be different to a previously received SOMES?
If the NDIS change the pricing for Supports in Employment, how will I be told this?
What does it mean when it’s said that my Supports in Employment are delivered in a Program of Supports?
What are Bedford’s NEM Program of Support dates?
Do I have to pay for Supports in Employment if I am not at work, and I didn’t tell you that two weeks ahead of time?
When my Plan is due for review, what happens under the NEM?
Why am I having to do another Service Agreement, didn’t I just do a new Service Agreement with Bedford?
Questions about NDIS funding for workplace supports
Will the cost of my supports be higher or lower?
How have my Supports in Employment changed?
What if my Supports in Employment funding provided by the NDIS is less than the amount in the Summary of My Employment Supports?
Do I pay for Supports in Employment when I am on leave from work?
I have to stay at home because of illness or because I am a close contact, do I still pay for Supports in Employment under the New Employment Model?
I have been away on planned leave, and now I need to extend it, what should I do?
What happens if I am away and don’t tell Bedford and don’t complete the notification form?
Can I change my hours at work?
How do I ask for a change of my hours at work?
Where do I get the form to request a change to my hours at work?
How much notice do I need to give Bedford to change my hours at work?
In the past I could change my hours easily and quickly, why do I have to wait now under the New Employment Model?
What happens if I need to change my hours straight away?
What if I change my mind about a request, I have made to change my work hours?
Can I work different hours in one week compared to another, ie, a fortnightly roster?
I want to temporarily increase my work hours within the next four weeks, can I?
What happens if I just start working different hours?
Why are there set start and end times for my work hours?
If I change my hours or job do I need to tell the NDIS?
Why is there a difference between my wage and what Bedford gets paid from my NDIS Plan?