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Greater flexibility and support for NDIS participants in lockdown areas

Greater flexibility and support for NDIS participants in lockdown areas

15 September 2021

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has introduced a temporary measure to further support participants during the COVID-19 pandemic with changes already in effect.

This means participants can now use their funding to pay for alternative meal preparation and delivery services.

NDIS Minister Senator Linda Reynolds said the temporary measure would ensure that at-risk participants continued to receive their regular support, while reducing the need for a worker to come into their home.

“We know many participants have concerns about the risk of COVID-19, particularly those living in areas where there are current Delta outbreaks,” Senator Reynolds said.

“This support will ensure participants can still access their meal preparation supports, while reducing their risk of exposure to COVID-19.”

The temporary measure is available to participants who:

  • Currently use some of their existing core funding to pay for a support worker to help them prepare meals, or help with shopping;
  • Live in an area with “stay at home” public health orders in place.

Learn more about this temporary change and how to claim.

The measure will be in place until December, when it will be reviewed.

This latest initiative follows a suite of measures introduced by the NDIA to support participants, workers and providers affected by COVID-19, to ensure participant health, safety, and continuity of support.

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