In 2019 the NDIS introduced a higher support price limit through a Temporary Transformation Payment (TTP). This was for registered NDIS providers of attendant care, community and centre-based activities who meet special conditions (Eligibility Criteria).
Ability Options is an eligible provider who can claim this higher price limit to assist us to continue transforming our services and supports.
The NDIA introduced the TTP to help us with costs while transitioning to the NDIS. A small loading (7.5 %) had been added to each NDIS support item delivered in 2019-20 and this will reduce by a small amount each year (1.5%). This year the loading will be 6%.
What has Ability Options used the TTP loading for?
We have purchased and have commenced implementing a new participant management system which makes it easier for us to plan and deliver support helps us to more efficiently share information about the services and support we provide to you brings information currently sitting in multiple systems into one place. This means we can respond to your enquiries immediately, at the first point of contact gives access to a Participant Portal to give you the ability to check the status of your services with us yourself – anytime will assist our staff to automate many current manual administrative tasks, making the task simpler and saving everyone time. To create a team of Practice Support Coordinators (PSC) who support and train our staff. This ensures we continue to deliver a high level of support to you.
If you would like more information about the TTP or our new system, please contact 1300 422 454.
NBI and Ability Options Response to COVID-19
As you know, there is ongoing and growing concern about the spread of COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus. Our priority is the health and safety of our participants, service users and our employees during this time. As a member of the Ability Options Community, we wanted to let you know how we are addressing this health event. For all updates about our response to the COVID-19 pandemic please visit https://abilityoptions.org.au/about-us/news-events/coronavirus-(covid-19)/coronavirus-(covid-19)
NDS wishes to alert providers to the latest advice from the Australian Government on the outbreak of a new strain of the Coronavirus, and urges providers to stay up-to-date with advice which may be provided by the Government.
For more information, read NDS CEO David Moody’s announcement.
NBI (Northern Beaches Interchange) Integrates with Ability Options
Leading Disability Service Provider Ability Options today announced that NBI (Northern Beaches Interchange) have integrated with their organisation, effective immediately.
CEO of Ability Options Fred Van Steel announced the integration at a meeting with the NBI Board and Management following a process of communication with clients and families, staff and stakeholders prior to the integration on 1 July 2017.
Caroline McKay, CEO Northern Beaches Interchange said “We believe that this partnership with Ability Options will increase our resilience, improve our competitiveness and enable us to maximise opportunities for success and deliver more on our purpose into the future. The values, culture and purpose of NBI and Ability Options are closely aligned. Integration with Ability Options will see NBI retain our name, brand and unique identity whilst gaining all the benefits of being a member of the Ability Options community and achieving the growth and efficiencies necessary in the NDIS environment.”
The National Disability Insurance Scheme has rolled out in Northern Sydney from July 1, 2016 and gives people with disability, their families and carers a chance to advocate for supports that are aligned with their individual goals.
Mr Fred Van Steel, CEO of Ability Options said “Our extensive experience of working within the NDIS trial sites since 2013 in the Hunter and that we now support over 1200 participants, has highlighted the need for smaller providers to adapt their businesses practices to conform to the new model of funding.”
“NBI is an outstanding organisation, with exceptional community connections and have been offering disability supports to local people and their families on the Northern Beaches for over 35 years. We are honoured to have them join our Ability Options Community.”
Fred Van Steel, CEO of Ability Options with Carolyn McKay, CEO of NBI.