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Important considerations when registering for the NDIS

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is approaching full swing with more and more areas of Australia due to roll out the scheme. What does this bring for allied health? The NDIS brings opportunity to provide valuable services for participants of the scheme. If you are in the process of looking into becoming a provider of the NDIS, or are just starting the registration process, there are some important things to consider...

To register or not?
There are varying ways that participants (consumers or clients) can manage their funding under NDIS. A small portion of participants self manage, which means they would come to your practice as a private client. In fact, there is no reason they would even need to tell you they were under NDIS funding and would be treated as any other private paying client in your practice. In this situation, you do not need to be a registered provider under the NDIS. Registered providers are individuals or organisations that are registered with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to deliver a support or a product to a participant in the NDIS. If you are only seeing clients who self-manage their money, you do not need to be registered. However, other participants in the scheme have assistance to manage their funds, either through a planner or third party. In these instances, you need to be a registered provider under the NDIS to provide services to this group of participants. The percentage of participants who have their funds (or part of their funds) managed for them is much higher at present than those who choose to self manage. So... you have the choice as an allied health provider to register or to just tick along as you are and see the self managed participants.

What services will you offer?
When you register under the NDIA to become a provider of NDIS allied health services, you will be required to select the ‘registration groups’ that are applicable to your services. This is the part where you list what you will provide to participants. Will you be a provider of equipment? Will you provide custom made orthoses? Will you provide therapy intervention? Will you provide early intervention? It is important here that you think clearly about the core business of your practice and what you currently offer. If you are just starting the private practice journey, think about the type of practice that you wish to become. You don’t need to put down that you can offer everything. There is a price guide for the NDIS, and you will need to look at this as a provider with your business hat on, and work out which services you can offer that are sustainable for your practice. Will you need to spend more to upskill staff? Will you break even if you offer a particular service, or run at a loss? Does the service match what your business goals are aiming for? Sit down and work out what your services might look like within your own individual practice, remembering that it is hard to be everything to everyone. You can always add a new ‘registration group’ later on down the track.

For more information about the registration process, the NDIS website has very detailed modules that will step you through the registration process. Visit www.ndis.gov.au/providers for more information.

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