Once you have received your national disability Insurance scheme plan, you will have to decide which service provider you want to deliver your support. When choosing who will provide your funded supports, you have the option of choosing between service providers registered by the National Disability Insurance Agency(NDIS) and service providers who are not registered under the same.
A provider has to go through a lengthy and costly process to be registered with NDIS. This becomes a hurdle for small businesses sometimes, so they choose to stay unregistered even though they have all the skills and high-quality service.
Although no matter how skilled you are, if you are registered with NDIS, it’s like a cherry on the cake. Registering with the NDIS will help you grow your user base. Service providers can apply to be registered by the National Disability Insurance Agency. However, it is not mandatory to do so to offer support under NDIS.
For NDIS participants, the main difference is that you can access unregistered service providers only when you have a plan-managed or self-managed NDIS plan. On the other hand, if you are NDIS managed, you only have access to NDIS registered service providers.
If you self-manage your NDIS plan, unregistered NDIS service providers will send their invoices to you, and you will manually have to claim the funds back from NDIS using the NDIS portal, but if you are plan-managed, your plan manager will request the funds for you from NDIS.
However, a majority of NDIS participants have assistance to manage their funds through a planner or third party, and in these cases, you have to be registered under the NDIS to provide support coordination services.
Although registering with NDIA is not mandatory, but if they are registered, they sure will have their perks. Service providers who are registered with NDIA have all the required qualifications, approvals, experience, and access to supports. A registered disability services provider has to comply with specific laws, guidelines, policies which non-registered providers don’t have to follow. While choosing registered support providers, NDIS participants have choice and control while ensuring high-quality NDIS support.
You can choose service providers who are not NDIS registered service providers when you are self-managing your NDIS support coordination plan.
If you are managing your plan with the help of an NDIS support coordination provider, the service provider has to be registered with NDIS.
When it comes to unregistered NDIS support coordinator, they are not obliged to follow the quality and safeguards requirements of the NDIS Commission. So it is up to you to determine the quality and safety of your NDIS support plan.
Here are some of the benefits of a registered NDIS support coordinator-
As we discussed above, the choice is in your hands. You have to decide whether you want to go for registered NDIS service providers or non-registered. Although it is not mandatory to be registered with NDIA but doing so will give you added benefits. Thus, if your NDIS support coordination provider is registered, you can rely on them as they have the required qualifications and experience. If you want to go for unregistered service providers, you can do that too on your self-managing plan.
Access Foundation is a Registered Disability Service Provider Perth in Western Australia working towards providing NDIS support coordination to people with disabilities. We are a registered support coordinator with NDIA and have successfully helped and assisted many people with disabilities. For any more queries or information, get in touch with us or visit us. We will assist you further.