It is important to tell your LAC, Early Childhood Partner, Support Coordinator or NDIS Planner about any change in your circumstances, which may affect your plan. In this instance, you would need to complete a change of circumstances form and submit it to the NDIA.
You have two choices – you can pay your providers out of your own money, then claim a reimbursement via the myplace portal or claim first and then pay your provider once the money is available in your bank account. Once you make a claim, the money will transfer within 24 to 48 hours.
If you self-manage your NDIS funding, a separate bank account can help you to keep track of your NDIS funds. Once you make an NDIA payment request, this account is where we will transfer your funding.
Having a separate bank account makes it easier for you to monitor your spending and keep records to prove you have spent your funding in line with your NDIS plan, however it is not compulsory.
You can update your bank account details in the myplace portal. The bank account must be in your name, your NDIS Plan Nominee, or the Child Representative’s (if you are under 18 years of age).
Your NDIS funding is not a form of income. You don’t have to pay tax on any funds you get directly from the NDIA. If interest is earned on your NDIS funding, you must report it to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).
No. It is not compulsory to tell your provider you are funded through the NDIS. However, sharing your son’s plan goals with professionals who are working with him, allow the NDIA to measure his outcomes when we review his plan.
It depends on how you arrange your self-managed supports. Only those who directly employ staff need to ensure they are employed under the right working conditions and awards, otherwise it is your provider’s responsibility.
If you employ staff directly, we would encourage you to seek advice from an accountant or financial advisor about paying wages, superannuation and tax to providers or employees.
Refer to the following websites. They will help you to understand your employer obligations:
No. NDIS funded supports do not replace the role of families and carers. This means a family member won't be paid for acting as a support worker to another family member with disability, except where it has been approved for a strict time-limit due to proof of exceptional circumstances.
No. You can’t use your NDIS funds to pay Medicare gap fees. You can’t claim under both systems for the same support. A support the NDIS pays for is not claimable against any other Commonwealth Program such as Medicare.
A NDIA plan budgets are developed to cover the full cost of supports (eg physiotherapy or Occupational Therapy services to build function) where these are considered Reasonable and Necessary for the participant. As a result, there should not be a “gap” fee required to be paid.
Participants should not make claims under private health insurance policies for ‘reasonable and necessary’ supports in their plan that the participant will also claim from the NDIS. Participants may choose to use private health insurance to fund services and treatments that will not be funded under their NDIS plan.
In the rare cases where a support being delivered may be claimable under either the participant’s plan or private health insurance, the participant may choose whether to use NDIS funds or make a claim under their private health insurance, but they cannot make a claim under both in respect to the same support.