Eligible NDIS providers in New South Wales and the Northern Territory will join those in Victoria in being able to claim a one-off payment from the NDIA for support workers to receive their COVID-19 vaccination.
The payment, of $100 per worker per dose, can be claimed directly from the NDIA and retrospectively for any vaccinations that a worker has received since 13 October for Northern Territory workers and 14 October for NSW workers.
Minister for the NDIS Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said the measure was being introduced in line with recent state government mandates.
“We know one of the challenges for disability workers and providers is ensuring coverage of supports while workers get their vaccination, as part of their work requirement,” Minister Reynolds said.
“This payment will provide support to registered NDIS providers to cover additional costs they incur in ensuring their disability workers are able to access a COVID-19 vaccination.”
New South Wales has mandated that disability support workers must have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by 9am 25 October, while the Northern Territory has mandated disability care workers must receive a first dose by 12 November 2021, and have a booking for their second dose by 24 December 2021.
As of 17 October, 87.3 per cent of New South Wales NDIS screened disability workers had received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 80.9 per cent had received two doses. 78.1 per cent of Northern Territory NDIS screen disability workers had received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 72.7 per cent had received two doses.
Minister Reynolds said the latest vaccination figures for NDIS participants and workers were encouraging but needed to continue to rise, as the country began returning to normal life.
“There are vaccines available through Commonwealth hubs, community pharmacies and GPs, so we encourage those who can get the vaccine to do so as soon as possible, to protect themselves and their families,” Minister Reynolds said. Information on how to claim the payment will be directly available to eligible NDIS providers.