First Quarter Catch Up: Some Things You Need To Know
The NDIS often makes changes to respond to the growing needs of participants, and this year is no different. Let’s go through some valuable changes in the NDIS Price Guide as well as some valuable services you have yet to utilise.
Updates to the Blitzit App
Support coordinators can now access both the Blitzit App and Blitzit Online Portal! Stay connected across multiple participant plans with one secure and easy login. Receive real time updates in a user friendly interface and ensure transparency across all your participants with budget and balances visible to you 24/7, all invoices processed and paid, and an easily accessible provider list.
Updated participant booklets are now available in 17 languages
NDIS participant booklets are a valued touchstone for every person looking to understand what the NDIS can do for them, as well as existing participants and their support teams. The booklets have recently been updated to include more easy-to-understand information on all things NDIS and the my NDIS app, as well as all recent changes within the NDIS and to current legislation.
For those more comfortable receiving information in other languages, the booklets have been made available in additional translations after feedback from participants. The languages are as follows:
- Chinese (Simplified)
- Chinese (Traditional)
- Filipino (Tagalog)
TIS National provides free translation services
For those in need of further assistance in other areas beyond their updated NDIS participant booklets, The Translating and Interpreting Service or TIS National is a free and available resource. TIS National is able to translate spoken words for those with difficulty speaking English, as well as businesses who need to communicate with clients who are more comfortable speaking a different language.
TIS National provides the following services:
- Immediate phone interpreting
- Pre-booked phone interpreting
- On-site interpreting
These services, through a certified interpreter, can be booked by NDIS plan managers like Blitzit Plan Manager, as well as Early Childhood Early Intervention Services, and Local Area Coordination Services. Likewise, NDIS providers may offer interpreter services so that you can better understand and make the most of the support funded in your plan.
Language interpreting supports may be funded as part of your NDIS plan, TIS National is a free service at your disposal. You can even request providers to book specific interpreters, whether a specific individual or someone of a particular gender. This also means helpful plan managers and support coordinators can and should be able to help you make the most of your funds by steering them towards necessities other than language support.
For more information on TIS National, visit their website.
Changes in short notice cancellations
Should the need to cancel service appointments arise, participants will now need to give more than seven full days’ notice to the respective provider. According to the NDIS Cancellation Policy as of 1st July 2022, providers may charge a fee for cancellations and even claim up to 100% of the agreed service cost. Especially for those with high cost supports, it would be wise for participants to review their service agreements with their providers and be mindful of the window to cancel their appointments.
Changes to TTP
The Temporary Transformation Payment (TTP) is a special pricing arrangement paid by the NDIA to service providers, set at 3 percent for 2022-2023. What this means for participants is that you’re now able to pay 3% to providers charging for TTP.
For more information, look through NDIA Pricing Arrangements on the NDIS website.
Need a hand with your NDIS plan?
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Are you gearing up for your NDIS plan review and feeling a bit overwhelmed? 🤔 Don't worry, we've got you covered! 📋✨ Whether it's your first time or you're a seasoned pro, we've got valuable advice to help you make the most of this important day.
Your support coordinator or local area coordinator (LAC) or NDIS planner should have already set up a time for your NDIS planning review meeting by this time, and your preparation in the last few weeks will come in handy.
Consider your plan review as an opportunity to see which of your supports and services are helping you to achieve your goals.
As your plan comes to an end, expect to be contacted by your NDIA planner, Support Coordinator or Local Area Coordinator (LAC) to schedule a time to review your NDIS plan and set goals for the period ahead.
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