Changes to Participant Transport
On the 1st October 2019 there was an update to the NDIS price guide. It clearly highlighted that organisations are no longer allowed to convert the non-labour cost of transport into billable hours (previously transport costs were converted at $0.78 per km, into billable hours of support)
As stated by the NDIS – If a provider incurs costs, in addition to the cost of a worker’s time, when accompanying and/or transporting participants in the community (such as cost of ticket for public transport, road tolls, parking fees and the running costs of the vehicle), they may negotiate with the participant for them to make a reasonable contribution towards these costs.
A participant’s support budget may include funding for transport, and this funding can be used for these types of contributions, which should be clearly specified in the service agreement. If the participant’s support budget does not include funding for transport, then these costs should not be met from the participant’s plan, but can be charged as an out of pocket expense to the participant.
The non-labour transport costs
If you (the participant) receives a fortnightly instalment/periodic payment towards transport costs rather than having a budget allocated under Transport as a core support in their plan, then they would pay for the non-labour transport costs as an out-of-pocket expense in accordance with the Service Agreement in place with the provider. Participants can use their fortnightly instalment/periodic payment or their own funds to pay this out-of-pocket expense directly or by reimbursing the provider.
What this means for you:
From 1st October 2019, there are three ways non labour transport costs can be purchased through Amicus:
- Transport is listed as a ‘line item’ in your NDIS plan – Amicus can claim against this to pay the cost of non-labour transport for the amount specified in your (the participants) NDIS plan.
- NDIS Transport funding is paid directly into your nominated bank account Amicus will send an invoice to you, (the participant) to pay the cost of non-labour transport from this. Anything above the amount you receive from the NDIS will be an out of pocket expense for you.
- There is no transport funding at all within your NDIS Plan – If you still request transport at the time of your service agreement at Amicus, Amicus will arranged to send an invoice to you (the participant) directly to pay for all of non-labour transport costs– this would be a complete ‘out of pocket’ expense.
We understand this information may not affect you or it may considerably impact your current support arrangements.
If you have any questions please contact our Intake and Planning team on 03 5441 2666