The program focuses on improving costing and pricing and cost management practice as providers transition to a more competitive environment and respond to the demands of the NDIS funding model.
The specific learning objectives of the program are for organisations and individuals to:
- Understand the nature of costing and key definitions
- Understand costs, cost drivers, service delivery units and issues associated with major service areas
- Understand the stages of costing and pricing and be able to apply key decision-making principles
- Understand how to do costing modelling for key supports under the NDIS (e.g. one to one support)
- Understand how to work sustainability toward a target price
- Understand financial risk (e.g. cash flow management) and be able to apply appropriate control strategies
- Understand financial reporting requirements and risk management strategies at the Executive and Board level
Who should participate in the program?
The program has been designed for small to medium size service providers with a turnover of up to $12 million. However it is suggested that organisations do not dwell on whether they fall into this category but, rather, that they consider whether or not the materials are of value to them.
- Key decision makers within organisations, including CEOs and COOs
- Service managers and senior operational staff
- Volunteer directors of disability service organisations
- NDS sector support staff and external contractors delivering training and assistance in financial management
- Goverment agencies associated with overseeing or funding the provision of disability services
- Accountants, auditors and other service providers to the disability sector
Who else can use the materials?
The materials are open source, which means that trainers and others can access the materials and use freely. However, the materials cannot be deconstructed and acknowledgement of Curtin University and NDS is required.
How is the program structured?
The learning materials and associated resources have been designed to be accessible in a number of formats to allow for individual leaning styles and level of skills.
The key components of the learning materials are:
- The Macro Case Study
- Micro Case Studies
- Study Guide:
Is there a cost?
Access to the online components or the learning program is free. Any costs associated with participation at seminars, will be clearly outlined when you register for specific events.
What are the benefits of program?
- As more disability service providers undertake cost and pricing using the principles set out in the Costing & Pricing Framework, the quality of data will improve and be added to the evidence needed to inform future price-setting
- The provision of training and communication will foster greater understanding between service providers and funding bodies about how costs and prices are determined and implications for the supply and quality of disability service provision.
- The focused, co-operative application of resources will allow for a more mature and higher quality suite of materials and leaning options to be provided as replication is avoided.
- The incorporation of jurisdictionally centered modifications will ensure greater local relevance.
Why do I have to register?