Understanding NDIS pricing

Understanding NDIS pricing

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides funding to participants to purchase a range of reasonable and necessary supports to increase independence and social and economic participation.

Key points

  • NDIS funding amounts are set out in the NDIS price guide
  • The price guide is updated once a year, generally on 1 July
  • The price of services can vary depending on the day of the week, time of day, and where you live.

How NDIS funding works

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides funding to participants to purchase a range of reasonable and necessary supports to increase independence and social and economic participation. 

This funding is provided through individual participant budgets and while participants are free to choose who they would like to deliver services and support to them, the amount the NDIA pays for these supports is set in the NDIS price guide.

The NDIA updates prices at least once a year, usually  1 July, taking into account market trends, changes in costs, and wage rates. Changes will be published on their website.  

It’s important to understand all of the prices you might be charged by your providers so you can be confident you are receiving value for money from your plan budget.

The following information is updated to reflect the NDIS Price Guide and Support Catalogue 2020-21.

How much do supports cost under the NDIS?

The NDIS price guide lists costs for all support areas under the NDIS. These prices, unless stated otherwise, are the maximum NDIS registered providers can charge for that service. 

A key element of NDIS is that funded supports must represent value for money. As the number of participants and providers changes each year, competition may change and this could drive prices up or down. The NDIS price guide should ensure that all costs are kept at a reasonable level.

The price guide breaks down each support item with a description, reference number, whether a quote is required, the price, and if it’s charged hourly, daily, or weekly. 

The price of services can vary depending on the day of the week, time of day, and where you live.

In general, support items, subject to price controls, have a single national price limit. 

However, some Capacity Building supports have two price limits: one for New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, and the Australian Capital Territory; and a different price limit for South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania, and the Northern Territory. There are also different price limits for supports delivered in remote and very remote areas.

For example, assistance to access community, social, and civic activities on weekdays is priced up to a maximum of $55.47 - $83.21 per hour (as of 1 December 2020) depending where you live. 

For support connection, a service aimed at helping you understand and implement your plan by connecting you with a broader system of supports and providers, the NDIS will pay up to $63.21 - $94.82 (as of 1 December 2020) depending on where you live. 

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