Changes for aged care providers - preparing for transition

Page last updated: 31 October 2017

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is working with the Commonwealth Government to support younger people in aged care services to access the NDIS. In order to support younger people in aged care services to participate in the scheme, the Department of Health is providing information to the NDIA about younger people who are already accessing aged care services.  This is to enable staff from the NDIA to undertake an eligibility assessment and, if appropriate, to develop an NDIS plan.

If you have a younger person in your aged care services, you will be contacted by an NDIA representative when it is time to transition eligible people to the NDIS.

Residential aged care

As the NDIS rolls out, and younger people become eligible for additional support through the NDIS, some administrative changes may be necessary.

Under the NDIS arrangements, if the younger person in a residential aged care home requires additional support above the residential care subsidy and supplements for that person, this funding will be provided through the NDIS. You may need to register as an NDIS provider to deliver any additional supports through the NDIS. Until the NDIS has developed the younger person’s plan, it isn’t possible to determine what these supports may be.

For those currently living in a residential aged care home their current accommodation will be maintained.

This means that:

  • the younger person will continue to pay their aged care fees and any applicable accommodation payment or contribution.
  • aged care providers will continue to claim the residential subsidy and supplements through Aged Care Online Services system (ACOS)
  • NDIS providers will deliver additional supports through the NDIS and may pay some of the resident’s fees for them.

More information on how funding will be maintained through the transition period is available on the Department’s website and the factsheet Providers with Younger people in residential aged care: NDIS eligibility meetings.

More information on how to become an NDIS provider is available on the NDIS website through the provider toolkit.

Home care packages

For younger people currently receiving a home care package who meet the eligibility requirements for the NDIS, they may be able to move to the NDIS as soon as it is available in their region.

If the younger person is eligible for the NDIS, it is available in their region and they want to take up NDIS services, they may be able to leave their home care package and move to the NDIS straight away. This means that:

  • If the home care provider is not an NDIS provider, they will need to discharge the younger person from their current home care agreement once their NDIS services commence. They will not be able to claim home care subsidy and supplements past the younger person’s discharge date. The timing will be dependent on what you have agreed with the person in their home care agreement.
  • If the home care provider is (or becomes) an NDIS provider, they will need to discharge the younger person from their home care agreement once their NDIS services commence. NDIS providers will need to prepare a new NDIS service agreement. Aged care providers will not be able to claim home care subsidy and supplements past the younger person’s discharge date. Instead NDIS providers will deliver care and services directly through the NDIS.

Once the younger person enters into a new NDIS plan, they will be covered by state and territory quality and safety provisions until the National Quality and Safeguards Framework comes into effect at full scheme.

More information on how to become an NDIS provider is available on the NDIS website through the provider toolkit.

Next Steps

As the NDIS is rolled out in a region:

  • the NDIA will contact:
    • the residential aged care home; or
    • the consumer directly (if you are receiving a home care package).

           to arrange a meeting time with the younger person (and their legal guardian if they have one) to discuss their access to the NDIA.

  • Aged care staff are asked to assist the NDIA representative in arranging a suitable meeting time and also provide the NDIA staff member with contact details for the younger person’s nominee (family member or guardian) if they have one.
  • participants and their families will discuss their goals with an NDIA representative as part of their planning conversation.
  • the participant’s plan will include the supports the NDIS will fund for participants and those supports which are the responsibility of other parties.

Throughout the transition process the Department of Health will keep the sector up to date on the roll out schedule through the Announcements webpage.

Who can help younger people with accessing the NDIS?

The younger person in your aged care service can choose who they work with to help them prepare for their access to the NDIS. Representatives from the Agency may also work with a family member, friend or carer, a General Practitioner (GP) or other health professional to support the younger person’s transition and planning.

Residential aged care providers

Residential aged care providers may need to become an NDIS provider if they wish to direct any additional support through the NDIS for eligible clients in their residential aged care home. More information on how to do this is available on the NDIS website through the provider toolkit.

Home care package providers

Home care providers may also become NDIS providers in order to deliver NDIS services to eligible clients. More information on how to do this is available on the NDIS website through the provider toolkit.

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