Occupational therapists work with people living with permanent and significant disability to assist them to achieve participation in everyday occupations to lead healthy and independent lives. Occupational therapists are frequently funded by the NDIS to work with a participant to achieve their goals.
OTA works on behalf of members to advocate for change and to seek clarity for members working within the NDIS. All updates, announcements and enquiry submissions relating to the NDIS and NDIA are posted to this page.
National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013
The NDIS Act is the legislative document that provides the foundation for governments to work together to develop and implement the NDIS. The NDIA often refer to Section 34 of the Act – “Reasonable and Necessary Supports” when they make funding decisions.
The NDIS Rules are the legislative instruments made under the NDIS Act. They provide a more detailed operation of the NDIS and are grouped under headings including:
- Becoming a Participant
- Supports for Participants
- Plan Management
- Registered Providers of Supports
- Protection and Disclosure of Information
- Government Agreements
There are 11 operational guidelines that set out some of the NDIA’s operational information based on the Act and the Rules and are reviewed and updated as the Scheme evolves.
State and Territory specific Information
Whilst the NDIS is a National Scheme, there are some variances amongst the States and Territories. Refer below for information such as roll out dates, local events and location specific information.
- Australian Capital Territory
- New South Wales
- Northern Territory
- South Australia
- Western Australia
The Provider Toolkit provides valuable information that will assist ots to register, understand provider obligations, and to function as a provider in this new marketplace. The Provider Toolkit provides access to videos, activities and documents that will support knowledge development in this area.
Interface with Mainstream Services
NDIS participants are supported to access other government systems that all Australians can access. It is important to understand the interface between the NDIS and these other government systems. Refer link to access fact sheets that provide further information for services including health, mental health, education, justice, housing, child protection and employment.
Assistive Technology and the NDIS
OT’s provide support to participants in the selection, use and application for funding of AT.
- Assistive Technology and the NDIS: There are a number of documents and templates available for Assessments within the NDIS to assist this process.
- AT and Consumables Code Guide: This document, that can be found on the linked page, provides a list of the most commonly used supports to assist providers to claim payments using a 'best-fit' approach, and to assist participants with consistent terminology for AT comparison.
- Assistive Technology Strategy
FAQs: Complex Home Modification (CHM) Assessor Competency and Assistive Technology Delays
OTA has developed these FAQs with National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to address the number of enquiries from members about CHM assessor competencies and delays with approvals of AT applications.
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) sets price controls for some supports included in participant plans which take into account market trends, changes in costs and wage rates. These Price Guides are intended to help providers ensure that they are within the limits prescribed in the most up-to-date version for participants.
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