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Using NDIS Funds to Purchase Personal Protective Equipment

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Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE, such as masks and gloves, is one of the most useful tools in the fight against the spread of COVID-19.

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has made it possible to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) with funding from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). This is being done to keep participants and providers safe and supported during the epidemic. In this post, we will explain who is qualified, what equipment you may buy, and share a wonderful approach to save time and bother on the ordering of your personal protective equipment (PPE).


Do I have permission to use my NDIS funding to purchase PPE?

 

If you receive face-to-face services, then you are eligible to make use of your Core money to purchase PPE. For instance, you can use your National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) funds to pay for a mask and gloves if you want to use them when your support worker comes to see you.
You will have to spend your own money on protective equipment if you do not obtain any in-person assistance of any kind. For instance, if you wish to buy a mask to wear when you go shopping, that is considered a personal expense, and you will be responsible for paying for it out of your own personal funds because it is not covered by your employer.


What kinds of tools and supplies can I purchase?

 

Face masks, face shields, and gloves are all examples of the personal protective equipment (PPE) that can be purchased using money from the NDIS.
In most cases, hand sanitizer is not considered personal protective equipment (PPE), nor is it covered by the NDIS. On the other hand, if you find that you are able to get through a significant portion of it while also obtaining face-to-face supports, you should be able to use your NDIS plan to pay for it.


My service provider may bill me for their personal protective equipment (PPE).

 

Whether or not there is a significant risk of COVID-19 where you reside is a factor in this question. When there is an epidemic, the NDIA makes this temporarily available in the states or territories that are affected. Therefore, there are instances when service providers are allowed to charge you for their personal protective equipment and other times when they are not. Keep an eye on the NDIS website or our Facebook page for the most recent information regarding the availability of this service in your area.
Even when this is made available, your providers will require your approval before they may bill you for the cost of their personal protective equipment (PPE). They are also only allowed to charge you for the exact equipment that they wear when providing in-person support to you.


A less complicated method for purchasing protective gear

 

The vast majority of purchases of personal protective equipment (PPE) require first purchasing the item with your own funds and then having the NDIA pay you back with money from your NDIS funding. Not only will you be out of pocket for at least one day as a result of this, but there will also be some paperwork and organisation involved.

In the event that you are qualified, simply give us a call at the following number: 03 6155 2273 or 0482 012 089 to make an order for a facemask or gloves.

 

Where in the budget does the money for PPE come from?

 

Your Core Supports budget will be used for any purchases of protective equipment