NDIS Funding - FaHCSIA Funding

National Disability Insurance Scheme

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is an independent statutory agency. Our role is to implement the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), which will support a better life for hundreds of thousands of Australians with a significant and permanent disability and their families and carers. The NDIS will mean peace of mind for every Australian - for anyone who has, or might acquire, a disability.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of providing support for Australians with disability, their families and carers.

The NDIS will provide about 460,000 Australians under the age of 65 with a permanent and significant disability with the reasonable and necessary supports they need to live an ordinary life.

As an insurance scheme, the NDIS takes a lifetime approach, investing in people with disability early to improve their outcomes later in life.

The NDIS gives all Australians peace of mind that if their child or loved one is born with or acquires a permanent and significant disability they will get the support they need.

The NDIS supports people with disability to build skills and capability so they can participate in the community and employment.

 

We fall under the following Clusters

Assistive Products personal Care-Calmfit tshirts, Pressure Vest, Weighted Blanket etc

Assistive Products for household Task- Eating plates and utensils

Assistive Equip - All other equipment

Training

 

How to claim NDIS resources from Sensory Tools

Here are the steps to be taken if you wish to claim resources from Sensory Tools using your allocated funding:

1. Download and complete our specific NDIS Service Agrement form included with the resources you wish to purchase. (Add items to your cart online and print out and attach with your form or use this Order Form for NDIS purcahses)

Please make sure that you attatch a copy of your NDIS plan stating you have funding for the Therapy Purchases and or training

 


FaHCSIA Funding for Purchase of Equipment

The Helping Children With Autism package is designed to assist children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, their families and carers. It recognises the importance of diagnosis and early intervention treatments and services for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), along with the need for positive partnerships betweens their families and schools.

The package will provide $190 million over 2007-2008 to 2011-2012 for:

  • increased access to early intervention services for children aged 0-6 years
  • education and support for families and carers of children with an ASD
  • professional development for teachers and school staff who work with students with ASD. FaHCSIA’s initiatives to support children aged 0-6, including individual assistance of up to $12,000 ($6000 per year over 2 years) to support pre-school children to access structured and intensive early intervention services.

Of this $12,000 assistance package ($6000 per financial year) up to 35% can be used for purchase of appropriate resources. This is a maximum of $4200 ($2100 per year) of which can be used on equipment.

 

How to claim FaHCSIA resources from Sensory Tools

Here are the steps to be taken if you wish to claim resources from Sensory Tools using your allocated funding:

1. Download and complete the Sensory Tools order form with the resources you wish to purchase

2. Send your completed order form, along with your letter of introduction from your Autism Advisor, to your chosen approved Early Intervention Service provider. A list of current service providers can be found at: https://www.dss.gov.au/our-responsibilities/disability-and-carers/program-services/for-people-with-disability/helping-children-with-autism/providers

3. Your service provider will get you to complete additional paper work in order for your order to be submitted

4. Your service provider will then fax or mail your order to Sensory Tools

5. Once Sensory Tools is advised that your order has been approved by the FORMS system, your service provider must pay for the order.

6. Once the order is paid for, your resources will be sent out. Your order can be sent to either your service provider or to your address

Please note: Intervention resource items that are NOT eligible to be purchased using the early intervention funding include, but are not limited to, toys, books, strollers, swings and outdoor play equipment, digital devices including computers and cameras and software products for computers and digital devices.

 


Helping Children with Autism Package
Increased Access to Early Intervention Component
Purchase of Intervention Resources Policy

Effective 15th May 2009

Policy Statement

1. Intervention resources can be purchased by families from providers delivering a specific intervention to that family under the Early Intervention Service Provider Panel with their early intervention funding.

2. Intervention resources must be used directly by the child as part of an eligible intervention being delivered by the provider and currently being accessed by the child under the Helping Children with Autism (HCWA) package. Therefore, intervention resources must form an integral part of the current delivery of the intervention under the HCWA package at the normal intervention delivery location.

3. Expenditure for intervention resources is limited to 35% of the family’s early intervention funding to a maximum of $4,200 in total ($2,100 per financial year). Families do not have to spend the full 35% of their early intervention funding on intervention resources. This portion of the funding can also be used (all or in part) for direct intervention.

4. The required intervention resources must also be included in the agreed initial individual treatment plan for the client.

5. The intervention resources must be provided to families directly by the provider from stock they provide as part of their normal business.

6. If the provision of an intervention resource is already included in the price of an intervention this can not be claimed a second time under the intervention resources policy.

7. The intervention resources must be available to all children receiving services from the provider, not just those receiving interventions as part of the HCWA funding. Intervention resources purchased from providers using the HCWA funding must remain the property of the family.

8. Intervention resource items that are NOT eligible to be purchased using the early intervention funding include, but are not limited to, toys, books, strollers, swings and outdoor play equipment, digital devices including computers and cameras and software products for computers and digital devices.

9. Requests or demands from families to purchase other healthcare products not covered in the intervention and individual treatment plan, or toys, books, strollers, swings and outdoor play equipment, digital devices including computers and cameras and software products for computers and digital devices, do not constitute reasonable grounds for providers to supply these products through the HCWA funding.

10. For a service provider to claim an intervention resource in FOFMS the family must first sign the service delivery record at the time of delivery of the intervention resource to the family.

11. Intervention resources must be claimed through FOFMS under the Case Claims Tab. When claiming for resources, select the Resource option from the Service Provider field. Select the unit of measure that corresponds to the intervention that the intervention resource was used in e.g. session. A claim in FOFMS for an intervention resource must include the intervention type and describe the intervention resource/s in the free text field, e.g. speech pathology - PECS cards.

12. Failure by providers to include a full description of the intervention resources purchased may result in the claim being cancelled by FaHCSIA. The provider will then need to resubmit the claim to FaHCSIA with the required information.

13. Providers must ensure that families do not exceed the 35% funding allocation, across all providers, for intervention resources or the $6,000 per financial year expenditure limit.

14. Providers should be aware that families are able to purchase intervention resources from other providers on the Panel that the families are receiving intervention from; either prior to or concurrently with the interventions and intervention resources they are currently accessing.

15. Regular monitoring of FOFMS that identifies spending in excess of this amount will result in payments not being processed.

16. Providers must ensure that all resources purchased by families with the early intervention funding are within the policy guidelines and the spending limit as outlined above.

17. Providers should be aware of their requirements under the Deed of Agreement to comply with FaHCSIA’s policies. See Part B, 6b of the Terms and Conditions of the Deed of Agreement. Providers should also be aware that random audits will be conducted to ensure that the intervention resource policy is being utilised in the correct manner.

18. Failure by providers to meet the requirements of this policy in delivering interventions and intervention resources may result in suspension from the Panel and/or investigation by the Commonwealth into allegations of the fraudulent claiming of Commonwealth funding.

19. The intervention resources policy and eligible intervention resources available under the HCWA Early Intervention Service Provider Panel are the decision of FaHCSIA. Exemptions or revisions will not be entered into with individual providers regarding eligible intervention resources from the date of effect of this policy.

20. FaHCSIA’s decision on the eligibility and definition of intervention resources funded through the HCWA package is final.

21. Please direct questions about this policy to your FaHCSIA contract manager.


How can I find out more about The Helping Children With Autism Initiative?

The Helping Children with Autism package is a joint initiative of the following Australian Government departments.

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) Visit www.fahcsia.gov.au or email [email protected] for further information on FaHCSIA’s initiatives to support children aged 0-6