NDIS prices insufficient for delivering services to remote NT communities, providers say

The prices set under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) are not realistic for the Northern Territory and will not cover the costs of quality care in remote communities, service providers have said.

An independent review of pricing under the NDIS will hear from disability service workers in Darwin today.

The review was commissioned by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) in response to concerns that some service providers would be unable to afford to keep operating under the current price system.

Northern Territory state manager for National Disability Services Noelene Swanson said providers in the NT were worried.

“The bottom line is that the hourly rate to provide services in the Territory isn’t sufficient to do so, at least not to provide services that are of a reasonable quality,” she said.

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