Become an NDIS Registered Provider

Why should I get registered with the NDIS?

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Questions, answered!

You may be wondering...

“Why should I get registered with the NDIS?”

“I’ve heard of people out there who are working as an unregistered provider, so why do I need to be registered?”

“What are the benefits of becoming registered?”

Here we are going to outline the 6 reasons that you should become registered as an NDIS provider. But first, let’s answer the question, can I work as an unregistered NDIS provider?

Questions, answered!

You may be wondering...

Woman thinking about getting NDIS registered

“Why should I get registered with the NDIS?”

“I’ve heard of people out there who are working as an unregistered provider, so why do I need to be registered?”

“What are the benefits of becoming registered?”

Here we are going to outline the 6 reasons that you should become registered as an NDIS provider. But first, let’s answer the question, can I work as an unregistered NDIS provider?

An unregistered provider is someone who has not yet been through the NDIS Registration process and therefore hasnt been assessed or passed by the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission. They are only able to provide care for either self or plan managed participants. 

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Self Managed

Self managed participants are people who choose to manage their own NDIS funding. This can also include people who have their funding managed by a family member.

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Plan Managed

Plan managed participants have their funding managed by a registered Plan Manager, who is usually an accountant or bookkeeper.

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NDIA Managed

When a participants funding is held and controlled by the National Disability Insurance Agency, they are considered NDIA managed Participants.

Any person can technically work as an unregistered provider in most circumstances. But below is why actually getting registered with the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission yourself will put you head and shoulders above the rest.

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Ability to work with NDIA managed participants

Being an approved and registered NDIS provider means that you are able to work with NDIA managed participants. Who, as we know are participants who have their funding held, and managed by the National Disability Insurance Agency. Nationwide, there are well over 100,000 NDIA managed participants, meaning that there are literally hundreds of thousands of people who need Registered Providers to work with them, and there are definitely not enough. By becoming registered, you can help ease the strain on the system and even get some participants off of long waiting lists!

Funding

NDIA managed participants often have much larger funding plans, and can often have disabilities that are more limiting then their self or plan managed counterparts. This can mean that they may require additional services, more hours or a higher level of care, all of which could be provided by you once you are Registered.

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Fixed Pay Rates

Another huge benefit of working with NDIA managed participants is that all pay rates are guaranteed by the NDIA themselves. There is no negotiating, undercutting or competing with other providers over pay. The NDIA pay you as a provider directly for the work you have done, which means there is no delays or mistakes in processing your invoices, an issue that nearly all unregistered providers report. Having fixed, and on time payments is a huge benefit to any business.

Does this mean you shouldn’t work with Self or plan managed participants once you’re registered? Of course not, Self and Plan managed participants still need assistance, and you may be the best person to help them achieve their goals. You are still able to earn the same pay rates as the NDIA Managed participants.

Access to the MyPlace Provider Portal

The NDIS My Place Provider Portal is an online platform, set up through the NDIS itself that allows hundreds of thousands of participants log in and see a specialised directory of approved and recognised providers. It is also the portal that you will use to submit invoices, track your hours and the care you are providing, and much more. It’s a fantastic, centralised portal that is only accessible once you have been given your own registered provider number!

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Ability to provide more services

There are some services that providers must be registered for, and this is due to there being a higher risk to the participant in the provision of this type of care. The specific services that a provider must be registered for in order to provider are:

  • Specialised behaviour supports
  • Any service that may involve any type of restrictive practice
  • Plan management
  • Specialised disability accommodation

Even self and plan managed participants need to use Registered providers for any care that they require in any of the above categories.

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Did you know that only registered providers can use the NDIS logo? This includes on websites, business cards, letterheads and even Facebook pages! This is because the NDIS want to ensure that their logo is synonymous with trust, credibility and professionalism.

Did you also know that there are over 5,100 google searches on average EVERY MONTH for people looking specifically for registered NDIS providers? Compare this with only 480 searches for unregistered providers. Why do so many people search for registered providers instead of unregistered? One word – Trust.

Trust. We know we said it above, but its so important that we have to say it again. Every participant knows that using a registered provider, someone who has been through all of the checks and requirements by the NDIS commission is the safest and best way to receive care. We are not saying that all unregistered providers are bad, quite the opposite. Its simply the fact that anyone can become an unregistered provider at any time, and there is no one who does any background checks or makes sure they’re qualified or anything. Getting registered is the most effective way to prove that you are a competent, honest and trustworthy provider.

Many participants who are self/plan managed actually prefer to work with registered providers.

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So why doesn’t everyone get registered if it is so good?

Well the truth is that the registration can be tricky, with all of the legal and compliance paperwork, audits and other requirements. Especially if you try to take that path alone.

That is why Healthcare Consulting is here. Our expert team have helped thousands of people successfully pass the registration process. In fact we have a 100% success rate and can guarantee fast and successful registration for your new business too. 

So, what are you waiting for, book in a call today so we can take you through the steps to set up your own government funded business!

What if I just want to work as an unregistered provider?

Working as an unregistered provider is also fantastic! while you will obviously have some limitiations as we explained above, there are still thousands of participants out there that you can work with, and you can still have a very successful business.

When working as an unregistered provider, it is still important to treat your business as a proper business, and that means having all of the necessary paperwork in order. To ensure that you and your business are covered in the case of an accident or incident, Its essential that you have an up to date and legally withstanding policies and proceedures manual, as well as the appropriate insurance. Talk to the team at Healthcare Consulting today to see how they can help you to protect yourself as an unregistered provider.