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The Important Role of a NDIS Support Worker!

The Important Role of a NDIS Support Worker!

21 May 2024 – Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

The success of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) greatly depends on the dedicated and compassionate NDIS support workers who provide essential assistance to participants.  Their primary responsibility is to promote independence and help clients reach their potential by providing both physical and emotional support.  This article explores the roles and responsibilities of NDIS support workers and how they contribute to improving the lives of people with disabilities!

What Kind of Support Does a Support Worker Provide?  

 

Assistance with Self Care: One of the core responsibilities of a NDIS support worker is assisting participants with their personal care and daily living activities. This includes tasks in the home such as dressing, grooming, and meal preparation. Support workers ensure that participants maintain their personal hygiene, health, and nutrition effectively.

The NDIA sets the prices that providers can charge. It’s important to note that the rates outlined in this article are taken direct from the NDIS Pricing Arrangements and Price Limits.   These rates outline the maximum price.  A participant can negotiate a lower rate in accordance with their needs and budget.

Item Number Item Name and Notes Hourly Rate
01_011_0107_1_1 Assistance with Self Care Activities – Weekday $65.47
01_015_0107_1_1 Assistance with Self Care Activities – Evening $72.13
01_002_0107_1_1 Assistance with Self Care Activities – Night $73.46
01_013_0107_1_1 Assistance with Self Care Activities – Saturday $92.12
01_014_0107_1_1 Assistance with Self Care Activities – Sunday $118.87
01_012_0107_1_1 Assistance with Self Care Activities – Public Holiday $145.44

 

Household Cleaning & Yard Maintenance: This support item enables participants to maintain their home environment.  This may involve undertaking essential household tasks that the participant is not able to undertake.

Item Number Item Name and Notes Hourly Rate
01_019_0120_1_1 House or Yard Maintenance $53.09
01_020_0120_1_1 House Cleaning and Other Household Activities $54.07

 

Specialised home based assistance for a Child: This support item provides specialised assistance in the home that is required due to additional requirements of a child’s disability and may be provided to strengthen the sustainability of informal supports.

Item Number Item Name and Notes Hourly Rate
01_016_0104_1_1 Specialised Home Based Assistance for a Child $55.03

 

Assistance with Social and Community Participation: NDIS support workers play a crucial role in promoting social inclusion and community engagement. They assist individuals in accessing social and recreational activities, attend shopping trips, accompany them to events or appointments, and facilitate connections with local community groups. By fostering social connections, support workers help participants develop meaningful relationships and lead enriched lives.

The NDIA sets the prices that providers charge participants and sets out benchmarks for what providers can charge. It’s important to note that the rates outlined in the NDIS Pricing Arrangements and Price Limits outline the maximum price and a participant can negotiate a lower rate in accordance with their needs and budget.

Item Number Item Name and Notes Hourly Rate
04_104_0125_6_1 Access Community – Weekday $65.47
04_103_0125_6_1 Access Community – Evening $72.13
04_105_0125_6_1 Access Community – Saturday $92.12
04_016_0125_6_1 Access Community – Sunday $118.87
04_012_0125_6_1 Access Community – Public Holiday $145.44

 

Building Independence 

NDIS support workers are instrumental in fostering independence and empowering participants to make choices about their lives. They work closely with individuals, respecting their autonomy and promoting self-determination. By providing guidance and encouragement, support workers help participants build confidence and develop the necessary skills to make informed decisions.

Qualifications and NDIS Support Workers 

Vocational Qualifications: Whilst it is possible to become a NDIS support worker without formal qualifications, obtaining a vocational qualification such as a Certificate III in Individual Support is a desirable asset to have.

Prior Experience: Having prior experience is essential to offer superior support and care. One way that aspiring NDIS support workers can boost their credentials is by volunteering.

Police Check: A participant may choose to request their providers get a NDIS Worker Screening or a police check before commencing. Such checks are vital in ensuring that vulnerable people are supported by workers with good character who act with honesty and integrity.

Ongoing Training & Development: Another vital aspect of a NDIS support worker’s role is staying up to date with industry knowledge and best practices. A support worker can improve their sills by engaging in professional development opportunities, attend relevant training sessions, and seek continuous learning to enhance their skills and knowledge.

Documentation and Reporting

Accurate documentation and reporting are essential aspects of a NDIS support worker’s role. They maintain records of their interactions with participants, document progress, and report any changes or concerns to the relevant authorities. This information ensures continuity of care and aids in future planning and decision-making processes.

My Plan Assist

At My Plan Assist, we help NDIS participants and their network of support workers with valuable information. If you need further details about NDIS pricing limits or assistance in submitting a compliant and well-formatted invoice for efficient payments, reach out to our knowledgeable team at info@myplanassist.com.au or call (07) 5641 2277.

My Plan Assist is a local registered plan management team dedicated to providing personalized and caring plan management support for NDIS participants. We are committed to helping participants track NDIS funds, streamline administration tasks, ensure efficient provider payments, and maximize the value of participant plans. Learn more at www.myplanassist.com.au or contact our friendly team today!