*UPDATED 31 AUGUST 2020*
As of August 22, the NDIA announced that providers can directly claim the costs of PPE from the NDIA.
This means we will not be charging people seeking support for the cost of PPE as planned.
Your feedback was crucial in informing this decision from the NDIA. Thanks to your valuable input, we were able to advocate on your behalf - working closely with the Government to reach this decision.
Our New South Wales Approach
We will be providing support workers with a shift allowance of 50c per hour for the cost of PPE (masks) for approved face to face bookings. This will be paid fortnightly and will continue until further notice.
Our Victoria Approach
We will be providing support workers with a shift allowance of $1.59 per hour for the cost of PPE (masks and eye protection) for approved face to face bookings. This will be paid fortnightly and will continue until further notice.
Our Queensland Approach
As of August 22, the NDIA announced temporary changes in response to the Queensland Government’s new Disability Accommodation Services Direction. Queensland support workers in certain areas are required to wear face masks when providing face to face support.
If you work or live in one or more of those areas, you would have received an email from us. Hireup will pay a 50c per hour allowance to support workers who have approved Hireup bookings in those areas. This will be paid fortnightly and will continue until further notice.
As a service provider and employer, we take our responsibilities seriously. That’s why we’ve launched a new approach to PPE (personal protective equipment).
As you know, this is a fast-changing environment, and we need to act quickly to ensure that everyone is safe. At the same time, we want to make sure you feel prepared and supported for any changes we make. We hope that this approach will be an interim solution. We are working closely with the Government and other stakeholders to share your feedback, and find other ways for PPE to be sourced and funded. This work will also help us move quickly with changes to future health and safety measures, while maintaining ongoing trust between providers and participants during these challenging times. You can read more about that here.