Media Release by The Hon Stuart Robert MP

Update on NDIS and coronavirus – 21 August

Below is the update on NDIS participants and workforce and COVID-19 as at Thursday, 20 August 2020. The reporting will ensure accurate and timely information is being provided to the community. The data is collated through reporting mechanisms of the NDIS Quality and Safeguard Commission and compiled by the Commonwealth’s NDIS Critical Response Group.

The Government reminds NDIS participants, disability support workers and NDIS providers of measures in place to respond to outbreaks or potential outbreaks of COVID-19:

  • In situations where there is a known positive case of COVID-19, participants and providers can access $300 in funding for deep-cleaning
  • Providers of Supported Independent Living (SIL) can claim up to $1,200 per day for higher intensity supports to cover situations where there is a positive, or potential positive, COVID-19 case of a participant and they are required to self-isolate or quarantine.
  • Participants who live in SIL and non-SIL arrangements now have access to additional Assistance with Daily Living (ADL) and Short Term Accommodation (STA) funding as needed when quarantining or self-isolating.

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COVID-19 cases notified to the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission as at Thursday, 20 August 2020

National Positive COVID-19 Case Notifications

  Cumulative since March 2020 Current Active Cases
Participant 93 (+5) 40 (+3)
Worker 161 (+7) 76 (-4)
Total 254 (+12) 116 (-1)

Current Active Positive COVID-19 Cases by State and Territory

Participant 40 (+3)
Worker 75 (-4)
Total 115 (-1)


  • Data only includes cases of COVID-19 in NDIS funded supports and services notified to the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission by registered NDIS providers. NDIS supports and services include those provided to people with disability in their own homes, or in disability accommodation supports under the NDIS. Infections may not occur due to the provision of NDIS supports and services and include acquired infections in the community.
  • Data does not include: reports of people with disability who manage their own supports in the NDIS, as they are not required to report; all NDIS participants who may be residing in residential aged care where their providers are not required to be registered NDIS providers; and in-kind supports or other services that are under the jurisdiction of any other state and territory government, which may include Supported Residential Services, public housing, social and community housing.
  • Active cases are determined by advice from providers to the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission. In order to protect individuals’ privacy, active cases are not specified in jurisdictions where there are low reports of infection.