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NDIS Independent Pricing Review and ECIA Submission

ECIA received extensive feedback from the Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) sector Australia wide about Therapy Price Controls set out in recommendations 17 to 21 in the McKinsey & Company Independent Pricing Review (IPR) Report released on 2 March 2018.

ECIA received extensive feedback from the Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) sector Australia wide about Therapy Price Controls set out in recommendations 17 to 21 in the McKinsey & Company Independent Pricing Review (IPR) Report released on 2 March 2018.

ECIA and has made a submission to the NDIA in response to these recommendations - 

IPR - Issues and Concerns for Early Childhood Intervention Service Providers

In March 2018, the Board of the NDIA released the Independent Pricing Review (IPR) Report undertaken by McKinsey & Company. NDIA has given in principle support to all of the Report's 25 recommendations - see the NDIA Response.

ECIA is working closely with the NDIA to determine if the recommendations contained in the IPR apply to pricing and activities related to early childhood intervention and the 0-6 age group, and will take actions appropriate to the outcome of this due diligence.

ECIA has noted that whilst the report refers to children, it does not specify the ages that the pricing review applies to.

Key recommendations made by the IPR include:

  • Adding a third tier to the complexity loading to account for higher level skills or experience of workers and additional training required;

  • Allowing providers to charge up to 45 minutes of travel time in rural areas;

  • Allowing providers to quote on the delivery of services in isolated regions;

  • Changing the cancellation policy to allow providers to recover 90% of their costs if a cancellation is made after 3pm on the day before the service;

  • Removing the annual $1000 travel cap for therapy supports and aligning the travel policy with the attendant care travel policy;

  • Changing therapy prices to better reflect different therapy types, and introducing a second tier of pricing for therapy assistants;

For full details of the IPR refer to the NDIA website.

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