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Q&A - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Is NDIS continuing to operate through strict government social distancing measures?

Yes, all participants can utilise their plans as per normal.

 

Is the NDIS allowing greater flexibility of moving participant plan funds to areas of essential need?

Yes, the NDIS has freed plans to include;

  • Allowing Core budgets to access Support Coordination
    With many people struggling to access their disability supports, Support Coordination has become an essential service. A new line item for Support Coordination has been added to Core. This will allow participants without Support Coordination funding (or who have used all of theirs up) to access the service through their Core budget.
  • Plans to be extended by 12 months
    The NDIA is saying that on the day a plan is due to expire, it will be automatically be extended by 365 days (replacing the previous 28 day rule). Participants have an option to extend to 24 months if they require urgent access to funds to support critical needs.
  • Cancellation policy
    The new cancellation policy extends the notice period for a cancellation from two to ten days and allows cancellations to be charged at 100 per cent of the support price.  
  • 10 per cent price loading
    A new Price Guide incorporating the new 10 per cent COVID-19 loading is now applied for providers which will be automatically indexed in participant plans.
     

Why is Onemda open and not closed like schools?

Onemda, along with the disability sector, are classified as an essential service. We have been encouraged to maintain (in line with government social distancing measures and as practically as possible) continuity of supports for vulnerable Australians.

 

What health and safety measures is Onemda putting in place?

Onemda takes the health and safety of all participants, staff and visitors seriously and have put in place significant health and isolation protocols. This includes no external visitation to Onemda campuses, strict campus and program isolation measures, 2 hourly hygiene cleaning program across all facilities and vehicles, staff participated in safe hygiene practice training, continuing to source a range of PPE for staff and stringent social distancing measures.

 

Will I be charged session fees if I am not attending for a significant period of time?

Given the unprecedented situation, Onemda will not charge session fees for participants who have notified Onemda they are not intending to attend for periods over 1 week due to the impact of coronavirus. This will remain in place until you resume normal services.  Onemda will also review charging of session fees for any future services delivered remotely during modified service operations.

 

Will Onemda be closing any more services?

Currently Onemda has suspended group day placement services to high care participants, Xtend services and reduced our D2D service. Onemda has no other plans to suspend services unless otherwise instructed by the appropriate government authority.

 

Can I access alternative modes of supports from Onemda?

Yes, Onemda is planning a range of alternative options to minimise the disruption to the continuity of supports for individuals. Further information will be released shortly regarding these options.

 

Will I be re-quoted for modified services?

Yes you will, and that an updated interim schedule of supports will be developed and seek your approval before commencing modified services

 

Onemda's Service Obligations During COVID-19