Submission on the NDIS 2017 Price Controls Review
The submission highlights that despite work already sponsored by the NDIA to inform the NDIS pricing of psychosocial services, it has yet to be carried forward and reflected in realistic prices for these supports. It points out that lack of consultation with the sector has resulted in a mismatch between the hourly rate for psychosocial work paid by the NDIA and the reality of delivering safe and high-quality services. This, in turn, reduces participant access to a range of supports that are delivered by appropriately skilled staff. The submission recommends that the NDIA establish a discrete process, involving mental health consumers, carers and service providers, to set and review mental health pricing controls that reflect the true cost of sustainably delivering quality psychosocial services.