The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of supporting eligible people with permanent and significant disability, their families and carers through access to individualised funding.
With the introduction of NDIS, the disability sector is changing. It has moved away from a state-based individual funding model to a unified National Scheme. This sees a shift in funding directly to disability services providers to individuals based on a needs assessment. Allocating funds directly to the person with a disability will ensure they have greater flexibility and control over their service and supports.
HorsePower Australia are a contracted service provider for the WA State Goverment's Department of Communitities - Disability Services and a registered provider for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)., as such there are various funding options available for HorsePower Australia programs including:
Self-Funded Private Services - participants and/or their families cover the costs of programs using their own funds
Through a NDIS package - This can be either agency managed (NDIA), self managed or plan managed (registered plan manager).
Through a local community sponsorship - some participants seek sponsorship of their involvement in HorsePower Australia programs from local community service groups or companies e.g. Rotary, Lions, Variety or Therapy Focus.
KidSport - West Australian children aged 5 - 18 with a valid Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Care are eligible to apply for KidSport which enables children to participate in community support by offering them financial assistance of up to $150 per calendar year towards club fees, for more information visit kidsport.dlgsc.wa.gov.au.
Including HorsePower programs in your NDIS plan.
Participating in sport and active recreation programs has many benefits. Having an active lifestyle has a lot of physical health benefits. Improved balance, muscle strength, lower blood pressure and improved cholesterol can all stem from regular exercise. However there are not just physical benefits from participating in local community sport and recreation programs, there are the social and mental health benefits too. Several studies have proven that exercise, fresh air and spending time with animals are all effective ways that you can boost your mental health and reduce stress; and being part of a local sport and recreation club is also a fantastic way to build your social network in a fun, friendly and supportive environment.
From 1 July 2017 the NDIS began rolling out in Western Australia. Visit the NDIS rollout page to find out when the NDIS is rolling out in your area.
The first step in seeking funding from NDIS is to be tested for eligibility. If eligible for the NDIS, participants then meet with a local area coordinator / planner to develop a plan for the services and supports they need to live the life they want. Funding is then allocated on an annual basis to purchase the services, aids and equipment that you have been assessed as needing; from the service provider(s) of your choice.
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) – the agency established to administer the NDIS – can manage your funding for you, or you can choose to engage a plan manager, an independent agency to manage your plan on your behalf or if approved by the NDIA you may be able to self-manage your own funds.
HorsePower Australia is a registered service provider with both WANDIS and NDIS under the following categories:
WANDIS Cluster 4: Wellbeing
NDIS Core Support Category: Assistance to Access Community, Social and Recreational Activities. This budget area is a lot more flexible and can fund a wider range of activites as well as the support you need to participate - for instance the specialised supports available via HorsePower Australia to meet your adaptive needs. Activities funded under Assistance to Access Community, Social and Recreational Activities don't need to be disability specific - the aim is to help people with adaptive needs to be active, meet new people and have fun.
NDIS Capacity Bulding Support Category: Increased Social and Community Participation. These supports are designed to help you buld your skills and independence. Sport and active recreational programs covered under this section are things like camps, classess and vaction activities that have the ability to develop your skills and capacity. Supports provided in this area need to link bac to the goals stated in your plan.
It is important to note that although people recognise the therapeutic benefits of our programs, HorsePower Australia is not registered as a therapy provider under NDIS; we are registered to provide individuals with assistance for social and community participation which enables them to pursue recreational activities and engage in the community. NDIS's definition of 'recreational supports' can be found here.
Cost of Participating in HorsePower Programs
Historically, the cost of HorsePower Australia's programs have been heavily subsidised through the WA Government block funding, greatly reducing participant fees. While the cost of providing our programs remains the same, these costs now need to be funded from individual’s funding, this is why we align our pricing to the most up-to-date NDIS price guide. Our Price Promise is to never charge an individual more than the NDIS price guide. The NDIS price guide is reviewed annually and sets prices that reflect wage inflation and market trends to ensure the NDIS and service providers such as HorsePower Australia reamin sustainable. Please see our fee schedule for costs of programs and services.
Temporary Transformation Payment (TTP)
The TTP was introduced to assist providers such as HorsePower Australia to continue transitioning their business from a state-funding model to an individualised funding model ad move to a more competiive marketplace. HorsePower Australia is eligible to charge the TTP rate on all applicable programs and services. You can read more about the TTP in the NDIS Price Guide on their website www.ndis.gov.au.
As HorsePower Australia transitions to individualised funding it is important that our current participants consider their HorsePower Australia programs when developing their NDIS plans. If goal-based equine-assisted programs are deemed appropriate and approved within your NDIS plan, you will be able to access individual funding to undertake our program. If goal-based equine-assisted programs are not deemed appropriate for you through the NDIS; then alternative payment options may be available.
If you need help discussing your HorsePower Australia needs with your Local Area Coordinator (LAC) or planner please contact the HorsePower Australia office or your local HorsePower centre for assistance.
The support funding you will receive from the NDIS, are driven by your goals. Generally these are short, medium and long term. It is important to keep these goals quite broad – so you have greater flexibility in how you achieve your goal and you can seek to identify various elements of support required to meet that goal. For example, rather than have a limited goal "to go horse riding" – you will want to talk to your planner about including funding for you or your child "To access community, social and recreational activities of his/her/your choosing to make new friends and participate in his/her/my community." this goal fits with community participation and can be achieved by participating in HorsePower Australia programs as well as others within the community.
Participant Booklet 1 - Understanding the NDIS
Participant Booklet 2 - Planning
Participant Booklet 3 - Using your NDIS plan