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.

Ability Options is a TTP Provider

From 1 July 2019, providers of attendant care and community and centre based activities have access to a higher support price limit through a Temporary Transformation Payment (TTP). The TTP assists providers with any costs associated in transitioning to the NDIS.

Ability Options is a registered TTP Provider.

The NDIA have increased existing service bookings to ensure the additional funds are available to be claimed, and do not impact the quantity of services provided to participants.

The NDIA has released an updated NDIS Price Guide and Support Catalogue 2019–20, effective 1 July 2019.