When I become Autism Swim Approved, do I need to become an NDIS registered provider?
In order for you to determine whether becoming a registered provider is of value, it’s helpful to understand how the NDIS works.
There are three ways that NDIS participants can manage their plans/funds:
- Self Manage (this is a simple invoice exchange)
- Plan Managed (sort of like a 3rd party book-keeping service involving a Plan Manager)
- NDIA managed (this is all done automatically through the NDIA portal)
More information on these payment methods can be found here.
Service providers need to register with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to become a registered provider under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). For more information about the provider registration process go to https://www.ndiscommission.gov.au/providers/provider-registration/provider-registration
Please note that being a registered provider is not a requirement of Autism Swim.
Please also note that if you choose to register, you will need to list the line items under which you will be registering (these may differ according to the types of services that you offer).
Here’s a link from our website which might be helpful in understanding more (this is a really useful resource for parents).
What are the ongoing requirements and costs?
There are several steps to take to register as a provider. The process is outlined here.
The conditions of registration must be met in order to become registered and maintain registration with the NDIS Commission. This includes a quality audit which is the provider’s responsibility to action and pay for. The cost will vary depending on the group commissioned to complete the audit.
Where can I learn more about being a registered NDIS provider?
It would be a useful exercise to chat to and learn from the parents in your community, especially as to whether or not they require you to be a registered provider. This may help you in your decision-making.
Also, don’t forget to reach out to other Autism Swim Approved providers in the private Facebook Group to learn more about their experiences with this.
To access resources and further information regarding the role of a provider, you can visit: https://www.ndis.gov.au/providers