NDIS In-kind Supports
What is happening to the Commission’s funded services?
The Bilateral Agreement between the State and Commonwealth Governments has identified the following four Commission programs with 'in-kind' arrangements:
- Individualised Community Living Strategy
- Staffed Residential Community Options
- Long Term Residential programs
- Traditional Psychiatric Hostels.
In-kind arrangements are interim funding arrangements, which were put in place when the NDIS started rolling out across Australia. Under these arrangements, providers of some disability support programs continue to be paid in advance by state/territory and/or Commonwealth governments to deliver these services. When used by NDIS participants, these pre-paid supports are called ‘in-kind’.
The Commission is engaged in ongoing discussions with government agencies to establish which of the programs identified in the Bilateral Agreement should continue to be identified as being in-kind. The Commission is continuing to fund these programs until people have had the opportunity to transition into the NDIS and there is agreement for the Commonwealth to provide individualised funding for the NDIS participants.
Approximately 600 people are engaged in the services provided by these ‘in-kind’ programs, and many of these individuals are or will become NDIS participants. The Commission is working with the relevant service providers and government agencies to help make the transition as smooth as possible. People who are not eligible for the NDIS will continue to be supported.