Comparing Costs: A Detailed Look at Services in the NDIS Price Guide

Unlike other industries, NDIA has a price limit for most of the support services they deliver through NDIS.

NDIS price guide can be used to:

  • Claim support items subject to quotation.
  • Claim support items with a price limit.
  • Claim support items that do not have a price limit.

The NDIS price guide is built to help NDIS Participants, NDIS Providers, and Independent Support Workers understand how price control works in the NDIS.


NDIA set pricing arrangements aim to provide value for money for participants, deliver fair and consistent participant outcomes, support sustainable NDIS market growth, and promote high-quality support.

The NDIA approach to building NDIS price guidelines was to help maintain and increase market supply for people with disability, help the market grow more innovatively, and recognize the need for financial stability.

Empowering understanding of the NDIS Price Guide

To understand the NDIS Price guide, you must know how to read your NDIS Plan. NDIS Plan is categorised into basically three main types:

  1. Support Purposes

  2. Support Categories and;

  3. Support Items

The NDIS Budget has three support purposes: CORE, CAPITAL, and CAPACITY.


Core Funding

It is used for daily living activities, capital funding is used for assistive technology and home modifications, and SDA and capacity building are used to build independence and skills.

Support Categories

It measure the outcome of the goal for the NDIS Participants and the performance of the Scheme.

These are called domains, and NDIA has 8 domains that help people think about their goals and help the planners understand where the person may need NDIS support and where they can find the help somewhere else.

These domains are:

  1. Daily Living.
  2. Home.
  3. Health and Well-being.
  4. Lifelong Learning.
  5. Work.
  6. Social and Community Participation.
  7. Relationships.
  8. Choice and Control.

Support Items

It plays a critical role in the NDIS Plan. Through Support Items, an NDIS Provider supports NDIS Participants. It also defines how NDIS Participants can spend their support budget. NDIS Providers are paid against these support items. Every invoice must have these support items, followed by a job description. Every support under NDIS is followed by the support items structured below:


Support Category -> Sequence Number -> Registration Group -> Outcome Domain -> Support Purposes

The purpose is to understand what support the provider delivers to NDIS Participants.

How to Use the NDIS Price Guide Effectively

The NDIS Price Guide is essential for NDIS Participants and their family members. The content page in the NDIS Price Guide will take you precisely to the information you want to read.

Every section is explained well, with definitions and examples. NDIS Price Guide not only provides the cost of NDIS Services but also has brief information on Service Agreements, Service Bookings, and examples of claiming support subject to quotation or those that do not have a price limit.

It also provides information on how providers charge cancellation fees and telehealth fees. Some other information it provides is the NDIS home modification price guide, NDIS transportation price guide, and NDIS STA price guide. 


For providers, it is their go-to ndis travel price guide.


Cost Breakdown and Funding Options

NDIS Price Guide provides the cost breakdown and funding options according to the level of support NDIS Participants need. 


The cost, in general, is divided into support and listed under three categories: CORE, CAPITAL, and  CAPACITY BUILDING. 


For example, Short Term Accommodation and Assistant (including the provision of respite care). It is essential to understand that support items for Short Term Accommodation include all expenses in a 24-hour period. The support must be related to the person’s disability. 


According to NDIS Price guidelines, below are the Item Numbers for NDIS Short-Term Accommodation:

Item Numbers for NDIS Short-Term Accommodation

Critical Updates in the 2024 NDIS Price Guide

From 1 July 2024, the Temporary Transformation Payment (TTP) for support-related disability support workers will end, and they will not be able to claim the TPP loading for services delivered on or after that date.


Providers need to communicate about these changes with their clients and make changes to their Service Agreements accordingly.

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