The Australian Government has announced that they will be investing a total amount of $64.9 million in grants. The aim of this additional funding is to assist and encourage the growth of participation and contribution to the community, from Australians with disability. 138 organisations across Australia who are in the disability sector, will be offered the oppurtunity to be granted up to $500,000 per year for two years.
The $500,000 that will be distributed for each year of the expected two, will be the Individual Capacity Building (ICB) grants round, part of the National Disability Insurance Scheme Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC).
For further information in regards to this grant, please see the link below.
Participants are now eligible to utilise core funding to pay for transporting (providers travelling to and from providing a service that isn’t travel/transport).
On February 3rd 2020 the NDIS announced that participants will be able to use their core support funding to claim service provider costs, such as transporting them to and from NDIS-funded community based activities.
Providers are now able to claim some of their vehicle running costs when offering or providing transport to a participant. Thsi will be in conjunction with the community activities identified in their NDIS plan.
These costs which are These costs which are in addition to the support workers time are factored at per kilometre rate and can be claimed by providers as a separate item as part of the support they are delivering to participants.
It is encouraged for participants and providers to establish an agreement on non-labour costs, when initially arranging a service booking. The non-laboured fees and costs include:
up to $0.85 a kilometre for a standard vehicle
up to $2.40 a kilometre for a vehicle - modified for accessibility or a bus; and
other forms of transport or associated costs - up to the full amount, such as road tolls, parking, public transport fares.