COVID-19 updates for the disability sector

In recent days there has been a further information and updates around COVID-19, and to ensure that you are kept abreast of all of the updates being provided we have included the following:

  • A  media release from the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory 23.03.2020 covering new measures being put in place
  • An update from Minister Stuart Robert regarding new COVID-19 measures for participants and providers
  • And a joint statement from the Treasurer and Prime Minister of Australia 22.03.2020 on supporting Australian workers and business.

The content in these emails is based on enquires that NDS in the NT have received.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if there is further content that you would like to see included.

As information evolves, NDS will distribute updates relevant to the disability sector.

Reliable sources of information

    Important recommended sources of truth to go to for information and updates are;

  • Australian Government Department of Health website
  • NDIS disaster response webpage
  • NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission website
  • Secure NT website
  • NDS Coronavirus Hub webpage

Media Statement from the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory

This morning Chief Minister Michael Gunner gave an update on the current situation in Australia and provided information on what new measures are being put in place and what it means for the Northern Territory.

This includes information on an NT $50 million Small Business Survival Fund.

Read the full statement via the NTG Newsroom

NDIA update; Minister Robert announces new COVID-19 measures for participants and providers

The Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Stuart Robert, has announced new measures to be put in place through the COVID-19 outbreak, including additional support for registered providers.

To support NDIS providers’ business viability during this time, financial assistance will be available to support retention of workers. This includes a one-month advance payment, based on the monthly average of claims made through the portal over the last three months.

To cover the additional costs of service delivery, a 10 per cent loading will also be added to price limits for certain supports, for up to six months.

The NDIA has increased the flexibility of the cancellation claiming policy to allow providers to claim 100 per cent of a service cancelled by the participant, instead of 90 per cent as per the current policy. The definition of ‘short notice cancellation’ will also be broadened.

Minister Stuart Robert has announced a package of COVID-19 measures for NDIS providers and participants. NDS welcomes these initiatives. They will inject much needed cash into the provider sector as it prepares for and responds to the challenges that COVID-19 will have on people with disability, their families and carers, and on providers and their workforces.

Read more to find out what this means for your organisation

Not for Profits eligible for payments up to $100,000 – Supporting Australian workers and business

Joint media release

The Hon. Josh Frydenberg MP Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Australia & The Hon. Scott Morrison MP Prime Minister of Australia

The Commonwealth Government yesterday released the second stage of its economic plan to cushion the economic impact of the coronavirus and help build a bridge to recovery. Not for profit organisations will be eligible for a payment up to $100, 000.

A total of $189 billion is being injected into the economy by all arms of Government in order to keep Australians in work and businesses in business.

This includes $17.6 billion for the Government’s first economic stimulus package, $90 billion from the RBA and $15 billion from the Government to deliver easier access to finance, and $66.1 billion in today’s economic support package.

More information on what the economic support package includes can be found by reading the full media release.

Workforce

NDS will be contacting organisations in the coming days in regards to a quick survey of the workforce need. NDS are in conversations with NT Government about identifying potential employment opportunities in the Disability support services sector for persons who may have lost their jobs from other service sectors.

PPE and Medical Supply Chain

NDS are receiving calls and questions in regards the need for further PPE and medical supply chain. NDS will be contacting organisations in the coming days in regards to a quick survey of the estimated need for the sector for the coming months to share with NT Government.

Supported Independent Living (SIL providers)

There will be a meeting between NT SIL providers tomorrow morning (24.3.2020) at 10am to discuss current arrangements for SIL and discuss collaborative opportunities for identifying shared care options for SIL providers.

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